More than half of students from low‑income households
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Chromebooks for Classroom Research
My students need 3 chromebooks to access the web to do research during class projects. They also need a camera so they can document the progress of work they will perform.
Teachers are no longer the one point of knowledge for students. They need to know how to access the web to get answers they need, and teachers need to teach them to discriminate, analyze and synthesize the information readily at their fingertips through technology.
My students come from all over the world, but do not have a lot of money.
Only 1/3 have computers in their homes. These curious 9 year-olds should have access to skills and hardware that their more affluent peers have. They speak Arabic, Spanish, Lao, Cantonese and Bosnian. It is an exciting representation of the world. Some are brilliant and highly motivated; at least six have not done classroom work in two years. This diverse group in a public school in CA will need to learn 21st century skills of collaboration, presentation and inquiry-based learning opportunities to be able to work as a group for mutual inspiration and individual progress. I believe groups of four students (I'll have 33) should have access to computers to strengthen their research and to share information with each other. If they all had their own computer, they would not discuss anything. One per group, they will share what they learned and help answer questions about the information to think critically.
I am requesting three tablets that will enable us to access the web for research. For example, we have a vermiculture set up in our room (a worm bin for composting). Students will read books on the topic, but also can access video of others setting up and managing their worm bins. They can look at websites with information or ask questions of bloggers who are also involved in worm composting. They will use the camera to film the worms and observations of the worms (in darkness or light, dampness or dryness),download the photos or footage of their work and create PowerPoint presentations to share with others.
My students are the best!
When engaged in learning with tools relevant to today's world, the playing field will be leveled. We who work in low performing districts have been given scripted curricula for years now. Students are bored and are becoming less creative. It is time for teachers to step up and defend what we know to be accomplished teaching. This includes computer and Internet access for keyboarding and investigation, as well as taking photos to illustrate their presentations.
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