My students need 5 ASUS Chromebooks to help them "compute" their way through mathematics in small groups and to enrich their learning with simulations, interactive programs and preparation for advanced education.
Ranging in ages from 12 to 15, my eighth grade students are just starting to realize the power and potential they have as individuals and as members of multiple communities (school, neighborhood, city, etc.). I try to inspire and support this development through rich and engaging lessons in mathematics, character education, and sports.
The west side of Chicago is not an easy place to always find hope and inspiration for education.
My school proudly serves the families of the West Humboldt Park area of Chicago. We have a very large school of 850+ students in Pre-K through 8th grade. My students are from an under-resourced community with many coming from single parent households. The school mainly serves the Latino and Black communities.
I am proud to be starting my 19th year at this school. We have an amazing staff, student population, and community. With your help, I will be able to further engage and enhance my students' interest in my math class and beyond.
My students are always excited to hear when we will be using computers in the mathematics classroom. At this time, I only have access to computers for my classroom once/twice a week. With these 5 ASUS Chromebooks I will have the ability to use them each and every day.
These Chromebooks will provide my students the opportunity to have the experiences, knowledge and skill sets to be competitive in today's technologically advanced world.
I plan on using these Chromebooks in a variety of ways. I like to pull small groups whenever possible. I can use them to help my students visualize mathematical concepts with simulations that are easier to see and understand digitally versus manually. I can also use them to remediate skills that students have yet to master or I can also have my students who are ready to extend their learning do some independent exploration.
Through my experience I have observed that the students I work with have not had the opportunity to explore the world of interactive learning and play in their homes. With the ability to access these computers in my classroom I can now open the door to this new and different avenue of learning math.
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