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Mr. Toyama from Los Angeles CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

An In-Class Student-Centered Science Video Library

My students need 14 videos to view at home in order to give them time to fully understand and learn from them, by becoming the teacher and creating their own worksheets.

  • $560 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

With public libraries shutting down and classroom time increasingly being squeezed from every side, there is little justification to show fun, engaging, educational videos. That is until now.

I teach Biology and freshman science in an inner city/urban public school where over 50% of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches.

Daily life is often a challenge for many students, so textbook learning due to lack of materials only adds to their disenchantment. With no time to spare, I cannot devote class time to showing educational videos that, in the past, have been well-received and understood by my students.

My Project

As you can see from my request list, this round of video requests focuses on ecology and humans' impact on the biosphere. I have set up an in-class video library that students are required to access and use at their convenience. After watching a video, they have to complete a follow-up question sheet created by their classmates, as well as create one of their own. This allows students to view educational videos of their own choosing, at their own pace, and frees up class time for other activities.

This system has proved to be very successful at allowing students a choice in determining the video they want to learn from, as well as requiring follow up reflection as evidence of learning.

Your contribution to this project will allow me to build upon this success, and allow students the opportunity to learn through their own, self-paced viewing of interesting educational videos of their own choosing.

Mr. Toyama
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic: Darwin's Secret Notebooks Armand Marie Leroi • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Creation Jon Amiel, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam • Barnes and Noble $21.80 1 $21.80
The Botany of Desire Michael Schwarz • Barnes and Noble $20.17 1 $20.17
Life • Barnes and Noble $42.74 1 $42.74
The National Parks - America's Best Idea Ken Burns, Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan • Barnes and Noble $76.94 1 $76.94
Planet Earth - The Complete Series David Attenborough • Barnes and Noble $45.59 1 $45.59
Food, Inc. Robert Kenner • Barnes and Noble $14.24 1 $14.24
Fast Food Nation Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano • Barnes and Noble $11.39 1 $11.39
Super Size Me Morgan Spurlock • Barnes and Noble $12.81 1 $12.81
King Corn Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis, Stephen Macko • Barnes and Noble $15.57 1 $15.57
Life In Cold Blood David Attenborough • Barnes and Noble $29.91 1 $29.91
The 11th Hour Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Petersen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Raymond L. Anderson • Barnes and Noble $4.40 1 $4.40
National Geographic: Human Footprint Clive Maltby, Elizabeth Vargas • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Life of Mammals: Vol. 1-4 • Barnes and Noble $68.39 1 $68.39

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