More than half of students from low‑income households
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Easier Access to Active Reading and Editing!
My students need a document camera in order to learn how to mark their text, actively engage in reading, and practice their editing skills!
How many of you can find old books of yours from middle school, high school, or college and can see the highlights and notes that you took while reading? It's always fun to go back and look at what you thought was important while reading.
Unfortunately, my students won't get the chance to do this.
Though our charter school graciously provides copies of all the books for students, they lose the opportunity to take notes in their books and write in the margins. Most of my students are Hispanic, living in poverty, who desperately need to be able to access books and other texts in the same way that other students can. My students are kind to each other, smart, funny and very hard workers. They are learning in a fully-inclusive school where students of all capabilities come and learn, and this environment gives them many wonderful opportunities to learn from others around them. They all come in wanting to learn and prepared to work hard in class, but they don't always get the access to technology that they need.
With a document camera in my classroom, my direct instruction on reading skills and editing skills will be vastly improved. By being able to write on my board while modeling my thought processes, I can teach students how to make connections and inferences, open up their minds to instances of curiosity and wonder, and show them how to better proofread and edit their own writing. Allowing my students to access these skills is what will help them grow as students, and close the gap between themselves and their wealthier peers, who have access to their own books and better classroom technology. Students will be able to edit their work on the board, highlight a passage and see it on the screen, and more. Additionally, I will be able to walk my students through the reading process by marking and highlighting the text in front of their eyes. This document camera will help my students learn skills that they will need to be great readers and writers for the rest of their lives.
Donations toward my project will help not only the students in my classroom, but all throughout my school.
Since the document camera is portable and useful for every grade level, my entire school can benefit from the hands-on approach that this technology will allow us. Allowing my students to mark their texts will help create more active readers who question what they read and know how to use evidence to support their questions.
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