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Ms. Jackson from Orlando FL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Geek Squad Training!

My students need to learn how to repair and upgrade their computers and equipment by replacing hard drives on their older iMac computers so they can learn how to be more informed consumers and creators.

  • $561 goal

This project expired on July 11, 2018.

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My Students

My students are some of the most creative people that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyday they surprise me with new ideas and things that they want to learn about. They are very hard working students and dedicated to their work.

My school services an underprivileged community in Central Florida.

Several of our families are living in temporary housing and we have a 67% transient rate. Many of our students are new to the country and are English language learners. Some of our young students have to work to help support their families at home.

Despite these challenges, my students continue strive for academic success. My goal as their teacher is to provide more opportunities for students to explore college and career choices while getting the hands on experience with technology and the arts.

My goal is to continuously produce students who can create quality, compelling videos. They should all understand the art and craft that is film and television production so they can better understand their world and the impact that they can have.

My Project

One of my students came to me and asked to look up the cost of an iPhone screen repair kit on Amazon. He insisted that he could save time and money by repairing the screen himself, a skill he learned by watching YouTube videos. When he returned the following day with his newly repaired phone I was blown away! I paid money to have my iPad screen repaired, and this young man's work was light years better than what I paid for in a fancy repair shop. I decided at that moment that all students need to learn how to repair the technology that they use.

Teaching students to learn technology should always include lessons on how to build, repair, and upgrade their equipment.

Hard drives inevitably begin to fail and cables begin to fray. Learning to repair hardware is a skill that I want to incorporate into my curriculum. Studies have shown that students who learn to make and repair things develop into more confident learners. These hands-on learning experiences develop a sense of character that extends beyond the classroom. They build competence, confidence and a sense of entrepreneurship and ownership.

The items on my list include hard drives and repair tools and they will be assigned to take apart the old computers and replace the hard drives. They will also be in charge of replacing the studio HDMI cables. My students are going to learn to be their very own Geek Squad!

Ms. Jackson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aurum Ultra Series - High Speed HDMI Braided Cable (100 Ft) With Ethernet - Supports 3D & Audio Return Channel [Latest Version] w/ Built-in Signal Booster - 100 Feet • Amazon Business $62.99 3 $188.97
Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST1000DM010) • Amazon Business $44.56 4 $178.24
OWC In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor HDD Upgrade Cable and Install Tools for iMac 2011 • Amazon Business $49.50 1 $49.50
80 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set with Magnetic Driver Kit, Professional Electronics Repair Tool Kit with Portable Oxford Bag for Repair Cell Phone, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Tablet, PC, MacBook and More • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99

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