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Mr. Smith
Grades 9-12
  • Health & Human Services High School
  • Lawrence, MA
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 15 donors
  • $0 still needed

Help My Students Learn - We Need a (Functioning) Computer!

My students need a reliable, portable laptop in the classroom to project presentations and slideshows to take notes from. The current desktop computer is not adequate.

My Students

To prepare for their collegiate experiences, my students need to consistently make presentations with visual aids throughout the year in different classrooms. A portable laptop would help to familiarize these students with the technology and make classroom transitions easier on presentation days.

These high school students are from a low-income community in Massachusetts, and often have difficulty with computer-based technology.

PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Word often present problems for these students. This classroom laptop will help to serve as not only incentive for students to move on to college and get their own laptop, but it will also help students to develop long-lasting presentation skills. With these skills, students will become much more confident in the college application process, will become better public speakers, will learn how to present information with visual aids, and will learn to save and access files without the help of an instructor.

My Project

Students in my classroom consistently are utilizing the old, slow desktop computer in my class to present various science projects. This desktop, which has been problematic to say the least, has set the stage for rocky presentation after rocky presentation. The slow processing and turtle-esque speed of the current desktop have resulted in hundreds of wasted minutes on presentation days. I hope for this laptop to both familiarize my students with college-level technology, and to provide a presentation tool that students can rely on for a smooth and incident-free presentation technology-wise. In turn, I hope that these incident-free presentations will allow my students to develop confidence and consistency in their presentation abilities, and eventually graduate with the ability to flawlessly and publicly present information on a given topic.

For a high school that has averaged a dropout rate of nearly 10% in the past three years, the ultimate problem problem with many of my students in the past year has been language.

Despite the fact that my classroom is a science classroom, the importance of language and speaking in a straightforward and coherent manner is one that cannot be overlooked in any subject. With a reliable, portable laptop for my class, I hope to make my students confident, college-ready speakers and presenters.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP ProBook 6455b - Turion II N530 2.5 GHz - 14' TFT • Best Buy $711.99 1 $711.99

Materials cost

$711.99

Vendor shipping charges

$12.00

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.68

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$769.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$135.82

Total project goal

$905.49

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$905.49

15 Donors

-$887.85

Donations toward project cost

-$769.67

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$118.18

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.64

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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15 donors15 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 130 students.

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