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Mrs. Schweer from Bakersfield CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cultural Diversity and a Nook Equals Acceptance

My students need a NOOK Tablet and books to teach cultural diversity.

  • $400 goal

This project expired on August 25, 2013.

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My Students

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. --- Maya Angelou... Teaching cultural acceptance and respect in Kindergarten is no easy task, yet extremely valuable.

My 30 students, 17 of which are English Language Learners, come from a very diverse range of home structures: single parent, nuclear, multiple-family, foster, and migrant just to name a few.

Many of my students come to me with no preschool experience. My students are happy and eager little learners. A large majority of my students have no technology in the home. Our school is designated as a Title One, low-income school with a free and reduced lunch program. Knowing this, I want to make my classroom the most enriching learning environment within my power. My students are in need of current technology that can be of assistance to their academic development and advancement. I feel that by using current technological trends as a means to enhance academics will create the eagerness to learn and keep them engaged in the learning process. Previous funded projects that involve technology has been extremely valuable. Yet with 30 students, the waiting list to use this technology is long.

My Project

The Nook is another valuable technological tool that enhances academic performance. The Nook will reduce the amount of paper we read in the classroom. It will enable us to have access to unlimited books, magazines and games without actually having to use or buy the hard copies. The Nook is, for all intent and purposes, an e-reader. It is small, light weight, and perfect for little hands. The Nook will make teaching easier for me as a teacher and with 30 students, I can use the help. There are many apps available for reading nonfiction books and games that teach cultural diversity. It can also be used for math, science, language development and endless concepts. The Martin Luther King, Jr. books will help my students understand how segregation and discrimination was as intolerable then as it is now. The Rainbow Fish story telling kit is a great game to teach Kindergartners that sharing is caring regardless of your physical appearance.

This project will help achieve academic success.

The Nook will foster a love for reading. Incorporating current technological tools in the classroom is imperative to their future. Familiarity with technology is essential for these young learners given the focus on the upcoming electronic Common Core State Standards (CCSS.) The CCSS will be taken electronically in 2015. My goal is to prepare them to take this rigorous test and to foster reading while teaching cultural diversity and acceptance.

Mrs. Schweer
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Barnes&Noble - NOOK Tablet with 16GB Memory • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
RR543 - The Rainbow Fish Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Barnes&Noble - Seaton Cover for NOOK HD - Black • Best Buy for Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Jamie Lee Curtis''s Books to Grow By: Treasury Jamie Lee Curt • AKJ Books $18.24 1 $18.24
No Mirrors in My Nana''s House Ysaye M. Barnwell, Synthia Sai • AKJ Books $5.84 1 $5.84
Martins Big Words • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin LutherKing Jr. • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Ready-to-Read Series) Margaret M • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Martin Luther King, Jr. (eBook) • AKJ Books $2.39 1 $2.39

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