Our little campus is a diamond in the rough. We are hidden on the east side of town, and have 543 total students overall. 29% of the students on our campus have "limited English proficiency", 87% of our students are "low-socioeconomic", and 37% of our students are recieving additional assistance for learning disabilities or special education. Due to our numbers, every student on our campus recieves a free/reduced breakfast and lunch.
My students are driven, courageous, and spirited in all of their endeavors!
They love to explore and experience new and exciting things outside of their everyday world and neighborhood. Sadly for most, this is not a reality for them. Limited authentic experiences, and abstract concepts are even more so due to the inability to travel, taste, see, touch, smell, and engulf their senses in life outside of their own four walls. These kids, my kids, deserve every chance and opportunity that is available to them. Many of my 5th grade students are being raised by aunt/uncles, grandmas/grandpas, or close family friends that are of no relation. Life hasn't exactly stacked the deck in their favor, yet they come to school everyday in hopes of something better.
These students have a love for learning driven by curiosity, which leads to exploration and discovery. For all of my students, traveling is a luxury. With Virtual Reality exploration, my students will partake in virtual reality tours all over the world without ever leaving their classroom.
My students will develop and fine tune their technological skills as they immerse themselves in several virtual reality experiences.
By having these iPod touch and headsets, students will have the opportunity to create their own virtual reality experience, which they can share with their class, their families, their neighborhood, and eventually the world. For example, students can travel to the great barrier reef as we discuss pollution, ecosystem, adaptions, and oceanic food webs. We can travel to Yellowstone as we learn about land formation, animal migratory patterns, and evidence of changes over time. The students will be fully emersed in these adventures and build lasting memories, as well as relatable experiences for today and for many years to come.
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