My students need a Chromebook to create and share documents and slides, conduct research and improve math skills
I have only one laptop in our classroom. I use it for instruction and administrative duties. The kids don't currently have access to technology. The Chromebook is an excellent tool because you can visit instructional websites and also create documents and slides. You can share and access works.
I teach thirty wonderful children who are great folks and enthusiastic about learning.
We are an urban public school in California. Many of our students are English language learners, and many of our families work in low income positions, qualifying for free and reduced-price school meals. Our students are positive learners and try their best all the time. Their enthusiasm and efforts mean our class is a great place to spend time. Our main limitation is technology. Some of the kids don't have access at home or at school, and it is a disservice to them if I don't try and provide something, with your generous help.
We already have a class Google account and can create and share documents and slides. This allows us to evaluate and edit one another's efforts, which is an excellent educational experience. Ideally I would have a set of six so that I can have a 'tech center,' and a group of students can work on a project together. The Chromebook is small and light and has a good keyboard which allows kids with very limited access to technology to get some experience. They can learn basic formatting and editing skills. The slides are fun and inspiring to work on. They speak to individual creativity around a shared academic goal. I feel these are essential skills, and the kids love using the Internet and the drive apps. There are also several free apps that kids can explore and evaluate. I have children who can improve their English vocabulary and grammar, and kids who will practice math skills. Technology is a tool they should learn how to use and enjoy.
My primary concern is the achievement gap and inequality that begins to seep in when we can't provide kids with information and skills they will need.
It does feel a little ironic to me that our school lacks technology, especially in California, USA, 2013, but it is what it is. I love teaching and find it easy to provide and nurture all curricular goals. We enjoy diversity in programming and culture. On a typical day we sing, we are scientists, we read, think, write and speak. We learn so much.
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