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Mr. Platt from Covina CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Coding in the World Language Classroom

My students need four Sphero bots for the project "An Hour of Code" in the German World Language Classroom.

  • $499 goal

This project expired on March 20, 2015.

This project expired on March 20, 2015.

My Students

Every class period the students walk into class eager to learn German and we explore new and exciting ways to use the language every day.

I teach German at both the middle and high school levels.

I have a large variety of students, many of which speak another language other than English at home. They enter my classroom as EL, bilingual, or English only students. Both of my schools are in a poorer demographic with a large number using free and reduced lunch. Access to technology is limited in most classrooms with a teacher-only computer and there are a few labs available. In all, my students are bright-eyed eager to learn a language like German and how they can apply it to their daily and future life.

My Project

By introducing the Sphero bots into the classroom, my goal is two-fold. First, I want to introduce the value of learning code and a form of computer programming to my students, many of whom are not technologically inclined. Second, I want to teach my students specific language skills while using the bots, such as giving and following directions and giving commands. Learning code should not be limited to solely Computer Science students. Students of all ability and curriculum levels can benefit by learning code. Not all students want or need to learn computer programming, however all students do need to learn logical thinking and learning to code can provide students opportunities to learn and apply logical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.

By donating to this project, students who may not normally be exposed to programming and coding will have the opportunity to learn it and apply it directly to skills we are learning in the classroom.

Specifically, students will tie programming to language skills that they will use on a daily basis.

Mr. Platt
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero - 2.0 Smart Toy • Best Buy for Business $99.99 2 $199.98
Sphero - Ollie Robot • Best Buy for Business $77.77 2 $155.54

Materials cost

$355.52

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$32.53

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$423.38

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$74.71

Total project goal

$498.09

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