More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Economic Simulation And Global Interactions Project
My students need 3 Chromebooks to add to the ones we already have in order to create web projects and master digital research.
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes"-Marcel Proust. I have the privilege of entering a classroom everyday, where students I teach are committed to seeing the world not only as it is, but also, how it can be in the future, but not without the right tools.
My students live in a low income neighborhood in Colorado.
My district, nor my school, has the money to bring adequate technology into the classroom. The plan though, as stated by the district, is to have families buy the technology and have the kids "bring their own". This plan does not take into account the financial hardships that my students' family's face. In order to ensure that my students do not fall behind their peers, I have endeavored to work with my colleagues to gain more resources. Presently our group of 150 students have 8 Chromebooks to use. The computer lab is used for testing, and the Netbooks we have are 5 years old, and many do not work. I am hoping that by adding these 3 Chromebooks, that we can eventually have enough technology so that my students to explore the 21st century world. We hear all the time that this is the digital age. I hope that you will help make this statement a reality for my students and our classroom.
Over the course of the last two years I have been able to design and implement an online economic simulation with my students. This projects allows students to explore macro and micro economic principles, simulate a market economy and explore the morality and ethics of the global economy. At the end of the year or technology teacher has students write emails to teachers that they felt pushed them. The emails I received over the last two years have all been about how much the students enjoyed this project and how much it made them think. I love reading these emails, but wonder what it would be like it every student were able to participate the way that the simulation was designed. Right now, I have 4-6 students sharing a computer, and routinely, we have to cut out parts of simulation because we do not have the resources to engage in the project, and we simply run out of time. I want this project to help my students truly engage in the economy and to better their lives.
This project is meant to create responsible global citizens and active participants in the national community.
We are currently working to recover from a recession, one that challenged every member of our society to reform how they think and acknowledge that we are all effected by economic changes. If we want to remain a prosperous nation, we need students who can contribute to the future of our society in meaningful ways, and who understand that they are integral parts of our global market.
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