Students in my classes need to use technology, every day, in order to research the science topics and complete assignments. With Common Core, most textbooks are obsolete, requiring both teachers and students to rely on finding information that is reliable on the Chromebooks.
I have 5 science classes consisting of 30 to 34 diverse students in each.
Not only are they at different academic levels, but they are also from numerous cultural backgrounds. Many are English learners. Mixed in throughout all classes are several special education students, also from all over the world, with a wide range of needs.
Our school is a Title I school and has close to 1,000 students. Well over 50% qualify for the free breakfast/lunch program. A healthy full meal is provided after school in the afternoon. The school actively promotes a science/math STEAM curriculum and arts electives that includes orchestra, band, ethnic studies, and drawing/painting classes.
Having the opportunity to utilize Chromebooks, my students will have the means to do active research right from the classroom, versus spending time in a separate computer lab with equipment that is not always in working order. I want my students to see science as a potential opportunity to explore further. Working with the Chromebooks will continue to give my students the opportunity to dig deeper into science.
Students in my 7th and 8th grade classroom are introduced to all patterns of life, from discovering how they came to be through genetics, how to become stewards of their local community environment, to finding strategies for protecting Earth's species for future generations.
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