Mrs. Aming from N Miami Beach FL is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students 1 Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop for our classroom.
I teach at a Head Start through fifth-grade elementary school. Many of my students have never had the opportunity to play an instrument, much less to learn how to write or compose music. I was able to have several music projects funded throughout the years that allowed me to extend my program in terms of strings, percussion, and recorders. Although most of my students are of Haitian-American heritage, we pride ourselves on being diverse as our teaching staff comes from many countries and ethnic backgrounds.
In March of 2020, our students' lives were turned around abruptly because of the COVID-19 virus, and they were forced to learn at home using online resources whether or not they had online access.
Even though I serve a community that is high poverty, my students have found comfort and stability through music and the performing arts. They work hard and are eager to learn. They bring joy wherever and whenever they perform in the community and for the school population.
The 20-21 school year had been one like no other! Our students struggled with the new way of learning and isolation, yet soared to new heights, despite and in spite of the pandemic!
Last year, my students learned how to become self-motivated and independent learners, especially my MSO/Virtual learners, and this made them better learners academically and holistically, but there are still technological hurdles to overcome.
The Chromebooks and tablets I received in the past have assisted my students, but the storage and memory were not sufficient for the tasks that needed memory, storage, and speed. Also, the Chromebooks are not supported by our IT Department so there is no one to troubleshoot when they freeze they stop working.
Most importantly, laptops in my music classroom facilitate social distancing while students still communicate and engage in music activities that require technology and compose their songs using loaded music software.
My students often engage in team-based music activities and projects. Laptops help them share ideas and collaborate while maintaining social distance. The laptop I am requesting will allow me to add another student to a group during center time.
I am requesting a high-end Lenovo Yoga touchscreen laptop that the students can utilize to save their music assignments and use for online activities such as recording their performances and presenting via zoom to others when we have our zoom lessons and online recorded concerts.
Even though this laptop will be used on campus, it will also be used by my music students during online instruction with my virtual students synchronously as I will teach dual-modality classes-virtual and face-to-face at the same time, when students are in quarantine. This is a safe and healthy option as my music students cannot share or partner up on laptops.
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|Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 15.6'Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane H10 - Iron Grey • Best Buy Education||$645.15||1||$645.15|
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