My students need two mini iPads and protective cases to use during literacy centers, small group instruction, and math centers.
Technology has opened our world to an unlimited wealth of information and productivity. Today's society is influenced by technology in ways that were once only possible in our imaginations. I would like to expose my students to the kind of technology their families cannot afford.
Our school is located in the heart of middle TN.
The students and families in the community are rich in culture and diversity, but most live in extreme poverty. 97% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 60% of our school population is learning English as a second language. Even with the odds stacked against them, the families in this community come together to make education and parent involvement a priority. It is heartwarming to see such dedication from the parents, students, and teachers in this area. As a first grade homeroom and ESL teacher, I am challenged by these factors in my instruction. Teaching kids with limited experiences, limited English, and, quite frankly, the limited attention spans of first graders :), I need an engaging way to hold their attention while providing them with the support they need to be successful.
Children retain more information they learn while activity engaged and entertained. Well... There's an app for that! In fact, there are literally hundreds and possibly thousands of apps for that. I want to be able to expose my students to learning opportunities disguised as games, while giving them proficiency with technology. The future of my students will be filled with technology of some kind. I believe that providing them the chance to use and gain an understanding of current technology will give my kids the tools they need to embrace future innovations. As it stands, I have one working student computer in my classroom. It is my belief there is a gerbil inside the CPU running on a wheel to make it work. When the gerbil is tired, the computer doesn't work. More realistically, our class computer is simply outdated and unable to keep up with the updated programs used today. These iPads offer a more affordable way to use technology in my centers and instruction.
Donating to this project will give my students exposure to technology their families cannot afford to provide.
Not only will they LOVE playing learning games on the iPads, they will gain access to an unknown world opened through technology. I have never taught in a more deserving, appreciative, and supportive community. Please help me to bring the exciting world of technology to these precious students.
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