My students each need their own flash drive (40 for a class set) to save typed lab reports.
This project expired on June 12, 2009.
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Science lab reports simultaneously teach students chemistry, technology and writing. I teach chemistry to 11th and 12th grade students in an art-focused pilot school.
The majority of my students are English learners. Their English and Math skills are generally far below basic (based on state test scores). Since we are a small art school (with about 420 students enrolled), we lack important electives, such as computer classes, outside of the arts.
Although they are difficult, lab reports are important to teach for many reasons. In terms of chemistry, it teaches students how to relate an experiment to important chemistry concepts and to build chemistry vocabulary. It also builds on math skills if any calculations are involved. Additionally, lab reports build on english skills because students practice their writing and analytical writing. Lab reports also supplement other important life skills for my students, such as typing and computer skills since there are no computer classes currently offered at our small school. This is especially important in the 21th century and when many of my students do not have regular access to computer technology at home. The last reason why writing lab reports is important is because it prepares students for a college-bound rigor, especially in a community where many students do not usually attend a 4 year university. By having a class-set of memory drives available for students to save their lab reports on, students are more likely to complete and turn in their lab reports. Currently, although we have mobile laptop carts available, there is no way for students to save or transfer their documents.
By supporting this project, you will make it possible for my students to access technology and to communicate their chemistry learning through lab reports.
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