4th grade is a crucial grade for young learners, because they have to begin applying all of the skills and strategies they have learned the past 5 years of their educational career. During the course of 4th grade, the content that needs to be learned moves at a fast pace and I want my students to have the opportunities to practice those skills in a fun and engaging way. After spending the morning in our Title I classroom, you would never guess that roughly 60% of the students are labeled “At Risk” and more than 85% are considered “Low Socioeconomic Status.”
My class of young scholars are the most diverse group of students a teacher will ever come in contact with.
My classroom of 80represents ten different native languages and seven different countries. Our students come from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and strive to reach high standards. My classroom contains a huge number of students who come from low income households and exposure is not something that comes around often to my students. This year I want to help my students retain more content by letting them use technology that was designed to help students retain more skills.
We are so excited to have the opportunity to be 1:1 with technology in 4th Grade. We received an amazing grant that allowed us to be the recipients of Kindle Fires. We currently use Kindle Fires and Chromebooks as a part of our daily reading rotations in 4th Grade. While I am pulling a small group at the teacher table students are rotating around the classroom at reading centers that help with comprehension, fluency, and practicing foundational reading skills.
Students use programs like Istation, Education Galaxy, Achieve 3000, STEMscopes, Coding Applications, Financial Literacy Applications, and Prodigy.
There is only one problem with our technology....We can't hear anything! Students currently have to use these educational programs with no volume so they are not distracting other students who are working in other centers. When students are working on Education Galaxy they need to be able to hear the online teacher correct misconceptions and help direct their thinking so they understand why certain answer choices are not correct.
Headphones would help us be able to gain access to more technology applications that would help reinforce the reading skills we are learning in the classroom. Please help us accelerate our academic strides we are trying to make to reach our goals for the STAAR test in April!
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