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Mr. Madrigal from Sun Valley CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Students Shift Filming From Auto to Manual

My students need a camera that enables them to experiment with advanced filming techniques through the use of interchangeable lenses.

  • $1,063 goal

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My Students

In my Film Journalism class, students are discovering first-hand the magic of making films. With limited resources, they complete short documentary segments that are published in our YouTube student news show, The Poly 10.

My school is multicultural.

Children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, my students are challenged economically and academically. They struggle to support their own families through part time jobs, or through household responsibilities. The combination of socioeconomic and academic struggles creates a great challenge for my community of students. Despite their economic hurdles, my students are avid learners who utilize whatever available resources they have to complete objectives. This year alone they made incredible projects with the limited resources available to them. They were excited to tackle the film challenges that I gave them, even if it meant struggling with outdated or nonfunctional technology.

My Project

We currently have a video camera that, while good, is an older digital camera and is severely limited in its shooting capability. I want one camera that I can use for my advanced students to learn more of the functions they would encounter in a professional setting.

I'd like them to experience the choice of interchangeable lenses and the effects that different focal lengths and aperture settings have on their subjects.

For example, I'd like my students to be able to create a shallow depth of field for their subjects and understand the factors that contribute to the shallow depth of field. I can't currently do that with my camera that I have for students and I feel that it is a detriment to their growth in the professional film and photography world. I want my students to have the same access that their peers would have in other, more affluent neighborhoods.

Mr. Madrigal
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Canon EOS T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens + 2 x 32GB Card + Accessory Kit • Amazon Business $789.00 1 $789.00

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