My students need an ELMO in our classroom because I want to show them pictures, examples, and models on the SmartBoard in a way where they all can see.
Have you ever been so excited to use something and then can't because you don't have the necessary supplies? This is how I feel when I try to use technology in my fourth grade classroom. My school is a diverse Title One school, where the children mainly rely on their teachers for information.
I am an avid supporter of children learning about their world. However, before I can help them see the present, I have to bring them through the past. I begin by talking and reading to them about the Holocaust. I then move into the Civil Rights Movement. We notice similarities and differences between those times and now; we try to see through the eyes of others before we make judgments. By learning about the world this way, children begin to learn about tolerance and start acting as tolerant individuals.
The ELMO Visual Presenter helps to meet my goal of educating children about their world. The ELMO would allow me to show the photographs that I took of the Dachau Concentration Camp and the landmarks in Birmingham, Alabama. Being able to show the students these pictures on the Elmo opens up a new type of discussion-one where all the children can be involved. "A picture is worth a thousand words," but if no one can see it...then there are no words.
With your help, you can show my students that you care about the world-past, present, and future the way I do and the importance of tolerance for all. It only takes one to make a difference.
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