My students need a digital photo frame, an iPod Touch and accessories, and earphones.
Most of us are used to using technology in our everyday lives, but in school our students are told that their everyday tools cannot be used. Have an iPod? A Smartphone? All these are prohibited in the school setting, unless they are school-owned.
I am the librarian in an urban middle school in Brooklyn, NY.
We have a diverse student population coming from varied economic backgrounds. While some of our students have lots of electronic devices, like computers, iPods, and smartphones, others have nothing.
Due to tough economic times, our school is having a difficult time purchasing the necessary equipment to help immerse our students in 21st century technology which will truly prepare them for the workforce.
This year, we are working hard to comply with the new Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards stress informational texts, but also includes photos, videos, and other media. So how can we engage our students in these standards? The 8th grade Language Arts teacher and I loved a proposal by another librarian, where she had students immerse in a topic of study using, iPods, laptops, books, and digital picture frames. The students studied photos and videos on the digital picture frames, and read articles on the laptops, and listened to podcasts on the iPods. They rotated, until each student had an opportunity to study each ÃÂgallery. Students enjoyed handling the different technologies, learning how to use their every day tools for educational purposes. Therefore, we are requesting a digital picture frame, an iPod Touch and accessories (earphones, a cable to connect to a projector and an ac power chord).
ItÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs a win-win situation.
We are able to stress the standards that are all-important, but our middle school students will get to learn how to use these technology tools in a productive way. It will also level the playing field for our students, who are lagging behind their more affluent peers.
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