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Mr. Preston from Saratoga Spgs NY is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Be Heard - Be Strong - Be Proud!

My students need lapel microphones to be heard in videotaped reports, presentations, and read-alouds.

  • $160 goal

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My Students

Although my school district is officially spread over 110 square miles, each of our six elementary schools have an inherent “neighborhood school” feel to them. Our students are proud to be a part of their school, and all of my second grade students arrive each morning filled with excitement and enthusiasm for the new day.

My students work hard, are willing and eager to try new things, and take pride in their successes.

As their teacher, I believe it is my role to capitalize on my students’ enthusiasm, helping each of them to foster a love of learning, in addition to teaching them specific curriculum. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

My Project

For the past two years, in order to increase the amount of student-focused, student-driven instruction in my class, I have been setting aside a weekly period of time for my students to explore and learn about topics of their own choice and interests. (This is commonly known as Genius Hour.) Each student spends several weeks researching their topic before creating and sharing a product, and their newfound knowledge, with the rest of the class.

In addition to the high level of interest and excitement my students show for Genius Hour, I have also seen major gains in reading and comprehension, research and note-taking abilities, and presentation and questioning skills.

As these skills and abilities have developed, so have the creativity and complexity of my students' culmination products. Their final projects have included narrated slide presentations, video-taped presentations, and student-written and acted skits. Unfortunately, the sound quality on these presentations, when recorded via open-air, leaves a lot to be desired, and it truly detracts from the students' hard work and the information they are conveying to their classmates. By using lapel microphones while recording their products, this sound issue will be solved by allowing my students' voices to be heard clearly.

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lavalier Microphone,Hizek Professional Lavalier Lapel Mic with Clip On System for Recording Youtube, Interview,Conference,Podcast, iPhone,iPad,iPod,Android,Mac,PC(138''Long Cord) • Amazon Business $15.99 4 $63.96
Lavalier Microphone,Hizek 216'' Dual-head Professional Lavalier Lapel Mic with Clip On System for Recording Youtube, Interview,Conference,Podcast, iPhone,iPad,iPod,Android,Mac,PC • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98

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