My students need 3 laptop computers to use for research and writing.
"Ms. Gunderson, I know our essays are due next week but I don't have a computer at home"
"How do I double space a paper?"
"What does Times New Roman font mean?"
I have these types of conversations with my students everyday.
At our school, we have limited access to technology; there is no library or computer lab and our school's one shared computer cart does not have enough computers for a full class.
As a result, my students have limited access to computers at school. Teaching my students how to use computers as a class is out of the question at this time. However, just because my students have limited access to technology does not mean that there are fewer expectations for their technological proficiency once they leave our school. My students are inquisitive, hard working, and goal driven. They want to go to college and have successful careers. But those dreams will require skills in word processing and research. My students' futures shouldn't be limited by budget cuts and limited resources.
By having three new laptops in my classroom, I will be able to supplement the shared computer cart so there are enough computers for every student in a class. I will also be able to keep these three laptops as permanent fixtures in my classroom to be used by students with my assistance during tutoring hours after school. When a student struggles to understand how to use MLA formatting to write a paper, I can assist them by using one of our classroom laptops. If a student cannot complete an essay because they do not have a computer at home, they will be able to use the classroom laptop. I will also be able to model for students how to conduct meaningful Internet research while they follow along on laptops. These are essential skills that my students are not learning in my classroom. I want to change that.
We are in a time of unprecedented technological developments and usage in our society.
When my students start college and begin their careers, they will be expected to use technology with ease. Help me support my students in developing these essential skills. By supporting this project, you are giving an invaluable gift to my students: a future where they have the same skills as their more affluent counterparts. Support this project and brighten futures through technology!
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