"We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world." ~ David Warlick.
In this age of instant information, my students need a working, up-to-date computer.
Our fifth grade class is a mix of students in our dated, yet charming, neighborhood charter school.
Eagerness and devotion to learning are a common bond that our students and their parents share, even though students come from a broad socioeconomic spectrum, including many students on the free lunch program. Many families drive across our vast valley just for the chance to attend our school. While we claim our school is the best in the world, our meager funding is dead last in the nation. Last summer we were fortunate to purchase our school from a school district. We're tickled beyond belief to be owners of the building, however, now much of our funding will be going to capital improvement, such as replacing a leaky roof, replacing moldy carpet, and replacing water damaged ceiling tiles.
We are at an exciting time in education with the implementation of the new Common Core. The standards are richer, deeper, and more rigorous than those in the past. Thus, a deeper, richer and more rigorous curriculum is essential. Since the Common Core is so new, it is often left to individual teachers to create their own curriculum. In order to do this effectively, my class needs a new computer in the classroom. A Macbook Air computer will be the central brain of our classroom, the base from which most of our curriculum flows. For example, as we begin our study of the Renaissance, iMovies will be made to show the timeline of events, unique projects will be created using the unparalleled graphic capabilities of an Apple computer. Students will have the advantage of state-of-the art technology when their curriculum is created and enriched.
Our class computer joined our classroom when our school opened, nine years ago.
At that time, the computer was a rebuilt, used PC computer. Imagine what I can create for my students with the right tools! Not only will my home computer and classroom computer be the same format, we can easily connect the iPads that students use for enriched activities. As a simple charter school, with limited funds, my students will be able to compete nationally and globally with the best of schools.
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