The achievement gap is increasingly revealing itself to be, in part, a technology gap. My students do not have the skills and resources they need to be competitive in a highly technological society.
My students attend a high-poverty, low-resource school where over 90% of the students are on free or reduced lunches.
When students can't afford their own lunches, basic technological resources like computers, cameras, and camcorders seem like an impossibility. However, these students are motivated and inspired by the idea that technology is a way they can express themselves creatively and professionally. Unfortunately, when most students return home the learning stops. It is essential to provide these students with high-quality, high-interest after school activities and clubs so they will prefer to learn safely in school instead of endangering themselves in the drugs and violence that is such a reality in many of the neighborhoods where our students live.
For students in low-income and high-income schools alike, students benefit from the opportunity to apply the skills and lessons they learn in class to real world situations. The camcorders will create instant excitement for the audio/visual club. Students all over the school who have aspirations to be directors, actors, designers, music video producers, etc. will feel one step closer while holding one of these HP V5060h camcorders. Students will be taught a variety of film-making techniques (including documentary), as well as learning how to edit the videos and produce the soundtracks. Although initially, I will be showing students how to create, film, edit, and produce their movies, I want to give the upperclassmen in the club the opportunity to be leaders and mentors by teaching new club members these skills. This not only provides leadership experience, but helps build a cohesive self-sustaining structure for the club.
HP is generously funding 50% of this project, which leaves less than $500 in funds needed to completely provide my students a self-sustaining audio/visual club.
The club will produce DVDs every year to sell to the graduating class of seniors which will help continually fund the club's activities. Additionally, the small town the school is located in has its own unique history which could go unrecorded without my passionate camera-wielding AV students!Read More
|HP V5060h - camcorder - flash card • Best Buy||$182.99||3||$548.97|
|HP 8x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive • Best Buy||$89.99||1||$89.99|
|HP 24x Internal Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive • Best Buy||$49.99||1||$49.99|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Hewlett-Packard Company and 18 other donors.