My students need headphones to fully utilize our computer lab.
The world is at your fingertips when you sit down at a computer. A child can see a chick hatch, watch a flower bloom or learn about any subject known to man. When I take my class to the computer lab, they each work at their own level and experience things that ignite their natural curiosity.
The majority of the students at my school come from three housing projects in our district.
They are mostly from Spanish Bilingual homes and are being raised by a single parent. They are enthusiastic learners, but they lack vocabulary, life experiences and enriching opportunities. Only about 10% of my class have a personal computer at home. I love taking them to the computer lab because it enriches their vocabulary, reading and math skills, imagination and general knowledge. In short, it levels the playing field.
I have twenty-four children in my kindergarten classroom, seven of which are special education students. I team teach with a Special Education teacher for a small portion of the day, but I am by myself for the majority of the day. While I do my best, I can't meet the individual needs of each child. However, when I have them in the computer lab, I am able to place each child in an appropriate program. At our last session, one child was reading a story on a first grade level, another bilingual child was working in a picture vocabulary site while others were working on letter names or math skills. They are all active learners working on individual skills. The sad part is that while we are fortunate enough to have this beautiful computer lab, we will not be able to keep it up and running much longer without resources for new headphones. You can imagine that if each child is working in a different site, it would be impossible for them to work alongside each other without headphones.
I wish that I could transport you to the lab when my students are working.
They don't realize they are speaking loud because of the headphones, but I can't help but smile when they yell out my name to tell me about something they saw or heard that reinforces a lesson we are working on. We recently learned about penguins and there is a story in one site that showed the male penguin taking the egg from the female to keep it warm. One little girl yelled out, "It really is true, I saw it!"
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|ATH-M2X Stereo Headphones (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind||$19.99||30||$599.70|
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