I teach Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) students in our high school's Deaf Program. The deaf program is not directly affiliated with the school, but rather is part of a county office of education. I'm also Deaf and my classes are being instructed in American Sign Language. My students are focusing their time in school preparing for college and/or career. That looks different for every student. We work with each student individually to help them communicate what their personal goals and visions for their futures are.
My students are exceptionally visual learners who love technology use.
They show great interest in learning when engaging in my lessons where oftentimes technology is integrated. Like me growing up in the 90's, my DHH students depend upon technology to navigate and thrive in hearing society. I am honored to be a role model for them.
My Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) students are part of a county office of education; due to the vast amount of students that have special needs to service under the county office of education (65,000+ students) and with the current education budget, the progress to upgrade technology all around our county feels nonexistent. Currently, there are 10 obsolete laptops in my classroom: 2011 Dell Latitude E5420 with 2.5 GHz single core i5 processor and RAM of 4GB and non-functional without power cord due to the short-lived battery.
My goal is to get our classroom an access to internet using a reliable computer, Apple Mac Mini.
Compared to the existing laptops, the Mac Mini will provide more functional use, generate more power, faster, easier to carry and use. Also due to a majority of my students being iPhone owners, this will enable a seamless experience switching between devices for swift transition, lesson, and more. They are proven to be durable in the long run making it a great laptop to use for the next decade.
Any amount of donation for this cause will be greatly appreciated by the students for years to come. More importantly, it will enhance and benefit their education experience. Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students and I hope you will be able to support our endeavor. Thank you for taking your time to read this letter.
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