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Ms. Castillejo from Charlestown MA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Chromebooks: Opening Doors and Improving Literacy

My students need this Chromebook cart in order to charge their Chromebooks. This is the first step to helping my students access technology and develop English literacy.

  • $531 goal

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My Students

I am a Boston Public School teacher at a Title I high school in the Sheltered English Immersion program. I teach English Language Learners from China and Central and South America in 9th grade and 10th grade ELA/Humanities. My students, who are recent arrivals to the U.S., work incredibly hard to learn both the content of their Math, Science, English, and History classes, and the academic and conversational English required for success in future colleges and careers. Many of them do so while working 20-40 hours a week to support themselves and their families. Technology and level-appropriate texts are incredibly helpful in providing access to the content and helping them to build their language skills, as well as critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and the digital literacy skills essential to their success in the U.S. economy. We truly appreciate your support!

My Project

There are dozens of programs available on the internet to support students learning English. Programs like Google Classroom, Newsela, Google Voice, FluencyTutor, Duolingo, etc. which help students learn English by engaging them with individualized learning at their level and their pace.

Unfortunately, we don't have consistent access to computers for my students to take advantage of all of this useful online software.

Currently, we share one set of computer with other ESL teachers. It would really benefit my 9th-10th grade ELA/Humanities students to have consistent access to computers. This cart is just the first step. After we get this cart, we hope to get a class set of 24 computers.

There are so many ways we plan on using these. On many days, you will see students responding to each other's writing using Google Classroom. Many of our students are shy to speak English; being able to converse in writing launches them into having small group and whole class conversations. On other days, groups of students may use the computers to work independently on Google Voice, FluencyTutor or Duolingo to practice speaking and listening and build fluency while I have writing conferences with other students. Often Chromebooks will be available to students to do extension vocabulary and grammar work on sites such as and Because we serve such a heterogenous group of students, having computers will really help me differentiate the lessons so each student is challenged and able to grow.

Ms. Castillejo
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Pearington 30 Bay Tablet/Laptop Charging Cart, Black • Amazon Business $415.00 1 $415.00

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