Our students come from a variety of backgrounds in Baltimore City, and consistently amaze me with their curiosity and eagerness to know more about the world around them.
My English language scholars have the highest of aspirations and a genuine ambition to succeed.
Our students come from immigrant families, low income families, and a large percentage of our students will be the first generation to go to college. Allowing these scholars to find their voice in order to communicate their stories, opinions, and ideas so they can be the change in their world is an amazing gift.
Many of our scholars require assistive technology as an entry point to enable them to work up to grade level. Families at our school site do not have financial access to supportive technology, like speech to text software, that would assist their children in completing assignments and mastering writing skills. Despite these disadvantages, our students continue to strive and learn utilizing the technology and assists available to them like human scribes, sentence stems, and exemplar essays.
I love being able to unlock whole worlds for these students through literature and writing. Securing the technology for them to accomplish this would be amazing!
The students receiving special education services struggle with learning in a variety of ways. Some have challenges with word recognition, memory, processing, however, partnering technology with education can level the playing field for most of our students. In today's world, where journalists, businessmen, lawyers, and even authors utilize speech-to-text software for transcribing, bringing our students up to speed with the technologies available to bring their ideas and thoughts to the paper makes sense.
Finding ways to incorporate this technology in the classroom in order to strengthen their analogue skills, like sight word identification, decoding, and academic language, will be effortless.
This technology will help our students with the most severe challenges. Students on the Autistic Spectrum, students with dyslexia, and scholars who require Tier 3 interventions due to hardships will be able to speak their ideas into the microphone and see their very complex thoughts rolling around their minds come to a physical reality on the page. I know this technology will open the eyes of the students as to the power of their voice and words.
Students who struggle with writing will be able to connect words with their voice and speaking and develop a new relationship with writing. When they see their spoken words transformed into written words, they can make connections to sounds and letters they might not have made without the technology bringing their spoken voice to the page.
The students will use this technology to answer discussion questions, do quick writes, outline essays, write essays, and practice sentence writing.
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