My students need 25 headphones to use when reading e-books on net-books during independent reading time.
Can you imagine the noise level in a classroom where 25 students are reading/listening to 25 different e-books out loud? My school finally got net-books and an e-book library, but now we need headphones in our classroom in order to read in peace and quiet.
My students are third graders in an English-Spanish dual language program.
About 60% are native Spanish speakers, 30% native English speakers, and 10% speak other language like Vietnamese and Samoan. My students come from a low-income, urban community--about 80% qualify for free lunch. Many are first generation students in the US school system, and many of their families came to the US in order to give their children a better education and future opportunities. The dual language program is a unique opportunity for students to become bilingual and biliterate as children, when learning languages comes more easily.
My district has finally been able to purchase net-books for schools, providing my students with access to technology in the classroom. My school dedicated part of our budget to purchase an e-book library in English and Spanish for students to read online at school and at home. Students are highly engaged when reading e-books, and the audio-option allows students to develop reading and language in their native and second language. Now we need headphones to complete our entrance into the digital-age of reading. Having students listen to the e-books out loud makes for a very noisy classroom where it is hard for students to concentrate and for me to meet with small groups for guided reading. The simple addition of headphones will create a quiet, peaceful reading environment for my class.
Technology is so engaging for students, especially my students who don't have ipads, e-readers, or in many cases even a computer at home.
It is frustrating, however, to not have all the equipment necessary to make the technology run smoothly and appropriately. Help my students close the achievement gap by providing headphones to increase reading engagement and enjoyment in our new digital classroom.
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