My students need an iPad to access presentations they have made from Apple devices at home, that will be used to teach their peers about art.
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While most of my students are fortunate enough to have computer access at home, the disconnect between their devices at home and what they have in class, creates a challenge. For example, students who create presentations on Apple computers are unable to present once they get to school.
My students are fantastic!
I teach art and language arts in the high school of a small K-12 school in the Pacific NW. Over the course of the four years that I have students in my classes, I see their abilities as artists and writers broaden: from barely understanding elements of design to being able to create, discuss and uncover the local and global world of art! I require them to frequently "become the teacher" and give presentations that help enlighten their classmates as to the intricacies of visual media and the human societies that create it.
Our school stresses that students must find the balance between being a part of a community and working in groups, with the joy of finding their own passions and committing their lives pursuing them in creative and engaged solitude.
In most of my classes I ask my students to give presentations that involve some form of projected information, using programs such as PowerPoint, "Prezi," or Keynote. Unfortunately my school doesn't support Apple products so the students with Apple devices at home are left without any support.
While a MacBook would be wonderful, they are too expensive to request. I believe that the iPad I am requesting will bridge the work they do at home with my in-class expectations. It will reduce the stress and headaches that both they and I suffer when trying to coordinate their independent work with their ability to share with and educate peers.
While I've focused on the bridge between home and school that this will provide for many of my students, it also will impact every one of my students as we get out in the community.
I am frequently taking my students on local field trips and the iPad will enable me to provide students with multimedia curriculum support when we are out and about. For example, we will be able to compare and contrast historical images of buildings with their present day reality when we're on an architecture tour.
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