My middle grade students live in one of the most impoverished areas in our country. We are located in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Our area was once fueled financially by the coal industry, but that era has long since passed. Coal mines are few and far between and the level of poverty increases with each year.
My students are bright and eager to learn!
They come to school each day expecting to be challenged, and it's my job to keep them engaged. Technology is an area where all students can engage on their own levels of learning. Lack of funding and resources leave us without enough equipment to provide this element in the classroom on a daily basis.
My school is classified as 100% free lunch, slotting it in the extremely impoverished category. Do our children know this? Not many do, or even understand what that means. Instead, they view school as an opportunity to build relationships, learn, and to be loved unconditionally. I search endlessly for ways to level the playing field for my kids. Geography and poverty levels should never dictate opportunities, nor should they define who our children are.
The laptop we are using in our classroom to connect to our projector and Smart board is over 12 years old. It's slow and ineffective in lessons requiring projection and interaction with digital media.
We desperately need a new laptop in our classroom!
My students are very eager to engage in Smart board lessons and show their mastery of the learning targets in class.
We have everything we need to get going, except a reliable laptop computer. I am so excited at the prospect of actually using our projector and Smart board provided to us in the way it was intended originally. Please take a strong look at our project and imagine the possibilities this simple piece of technology will give my amazing students.
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