I teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey. We are in a high poverty, high crime area, and many of my students are first-generation immigrants from Latin America. I live in the next town over from Camden, and I have high school-aged children of my own. My students are not a whole lot different from my children's friends, but the conditions under which they attend school are so vastly different. Over the years, I have been struck by how students at my children's school have all of the latest technology and supplies, while my students in Camden, who live only 5 minutes away from me, have such outdated technology and scant supplies. My children have all of the supplies they need before heading to school (backpack, pencils, pens, notebooks, folders, calculators, etc.) while my students come to school empty handed. My children are given I-pads to use in school, while my students are forced to use outdated and very slow, old laptops from around 2000. Every day, our outdated technology causes us to lose time due to some issue. I have students who want to learn, but they are impeded by the things they lack.
I need a new bulb for my SmartBoard projector. The projector is more than 10 years old, and the bulb is on it's way out!
The SmartBoard is the most basic piece of classroom technology, and all of our lessons, and everything we show from the computer is projected with the SmartBoard.
But my projector bulb is so dim that we need to shut all the lights and draw all the shades just so that we can see the board. We need a new bulb (and a spare or two...) so that we can see what is projected on the SmartBoard.
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