My students need to do meaningful work. For many students in California, nothing is more important than the environment. The 3 Chromebooks will help students publish real work.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
The skills our students need to be successful go far beyond the work we have them do to prepare for a bubble test and our students know it. The homework and classwork that schools traditionally request is regularly being rejected (not done) and engagement in high schools has never been lower. Like many schools in California, our students are a near split of middle class white students and Hispanic students of farm workers. However, regardless of race or class, all students today have a deep need to do meaningful work that largely doesn't include things that only the teacher will see, grade and return to them with a grade. Our students live in a connected world in which they must power down upon arrival to the classroom. The idea that students are in no way connected to the work they are asked to do in high school is not a new one, however the gap between what we ask our students to do in the name of learning, and the potential to learn and do things independently online has never been greater.
Teachers today regularly complain about the lack of motivation in students and often cite digital distractions as the cause. We must accept that the roll of the teacher must change as the value in lecturing to a class has dropped to almost nothing and students know it.
I teach physics and chemistry to students who at most schools would never come close to a science classroom.
We are asking for 3 Chromebooks to add to our growing class set. Anything that I could possibly teach them is out there on the web and rather than tell them facts, I encourage them to find them and publish what they learn about alternative energy and green technology. If the teacher is familiar with Google's apps for education, students can easily use chromebooks to create their own websites to publish digital word, create lessons on youtube to help other students, keep digital journals in a learning blog, and report out to parents progress/concepts mastered or projects completed. The lack of a hardware computer and operating systems allows for instant start up and 10 hr battery life! Finally due to tech proficiency, the district has installed a wireless network exclusively to improve digital learning.
3 Chromebooks, which allow students to submit work beyond an audience of 1 and will help make connection the world they live in and what difference they can make in it. We will also be building a YardPod in combination with the green construction class. The YardPod is an environmentally friendly storage room that will use to educate the community and place project designed in construction and from our use of research using the Chromebooks.
The central theme for using the Chromebook will be the environment.
Students can use digital resources to make connections in the world they live in. We will explore alternative energy sources both pro and cons. Look at green technology sources and put together a more meaningful classroom experience.
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