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Ms. Wiseman from Trenton NJ is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges Through Digital Story Telling

My students need WinBridge Portable Voice Amplifiers, Apple iPads, and a Flip MinoHD Video Camera to become digital story tellers!

  • $1,077 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Si se puede" is the slogan we have in my transitional bilingual classroom in Trenton, New Jersey. By providing opportunities for students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, these curious learners can believe that their goals are possible to achieve.

All my students have immigrated to the United States to access both the economic and educational advantages that exist here.

Their limited English proficiency is not limiting their desire to learn. They are eager to learn the required curriculum as they are developing their skills in the English language.

These students have been in the country for no more than three years and most have been here for less than a year. It is important that they participate in engaging and authentic activities to acquire their new language with confidence. As their teacher, I strive to provide them with an educational environment that fosters this growth!

My Project

Now that my students have the opportunity to write narratives, they are asking if they can do more with their stories. Several students want to focus on their oral storytelling skills. One student wants to focus on her family's story. Also, I have a group that has asked to create a play. Even though the focuses of each child or group of children is different, they all can use technology to support the development of their method for storytelling.

Digital storytelling provides authors with a platform to share themselves and what is important to them allowing them to be a catalyst for change, to break barriers that have been constructed, and to build bridges that unite the diverse audience.

In order for this unification to occur we need to respect heritage and infuse technology.

Oral storytelling is the original book. Today, we still read aloud many of these fantastic tales. The first goal of this project is to support the development of oral storytelling through the technology of voice amplifiers. With this requested WinBridge voice amplifier, the storyteller's voice will be easily heard by all those present in the audience. Without the struggle of speaking loud enough to be heard or the struggle of being quiet enough to hear, everyone now has the opportunity to enjoy the story.

Family involvement is the next goal for the project. Family stories cannot be made without it! The Flip video camera will go home with students so that they can create stories in their settings.

Teamwork is an additional goal. Without it, there is no multi-character play. The Apple iPad tablets will be used to create and record these wonderful pieces of art by each of the students!

The final goal is to find diverse audiences and share the stories.

Ms. Wiseman
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple iPad with WiFi, 32GB, Space Gray (2017 Model) • Amazon Business $302.99 2 $605.98
Flip MinoHD Video Camera - Black, 4 GB, 1 Hour (1st Generation) • Amazon Business $158.98 1 $158.98
WinBridge WB001 Rechargeable Ultralight Portable Voice Amplifier Waist Support MP3 Format Audio for Tour Guides, Teachers, Coaches, Presentations, Costumes, Etc.-Black • Amazon Business $27.98 2 $55.96
New iPad 2017 Case, SEYMAC Smart Case [Protective Cover] with Auto Sleep Wake Function, Three Layer Drop Protection Rugged /Heavy Duty Case for New iPad 9.7 inch (Black) • Amazon Business $19.69 2 $39.38
WinBridge Portable Collar clip Microphone 3.5mm Audio Compatible with All WinBridge Voice Amplifiers • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

Materials cost

$872.29

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$13.08

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$915.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$161.54

Total project goal

$1,076.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,076.91

4 Donors

-$826.91

Donations toward project cost

-$702.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$124.04

Matching donations from our partners

-$250.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$212.50

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$37.50

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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