Many of us can't relate to not having access to the Internet! Imagine this, you don't have access to the Internet or even a computer at home! More than 1/2 of my students do not have computers. Now imagine that you don't have books at home to read. These are the students I see every day.
My students live and attend school in a high poverty area.
The majority are English language learners. 100% receive free breakfast at school and 90% receive free lunch. My students want to learn but many of them don't have basic needs met. They are bright children, with smiles on their face. They have dreams and hopes for the future like everyone else, but many of them feel oppressed by the poverty they experience daily. My class is full of children who love to read and learn on the computers in the library. Many of them are one to two grade levels behind in reading and math. Most of them do not have books at home to read or computers to practice math games on.
Having an Android Tablet in my classroom would change the world for these 21st Century learners. The Android would create excitement and motivation for the students. As a class, we could download Kindle and the students could read books online. This would help some of my reluctant readers to be more excited because they are using cool technology. With only 2 OLD computers in the classroom, the tablet would be another resource for taking online comprehension quizzes and for practicing math facts and concepts. The tablet could be used in small vocabulary groups. The students would be able to go on line and find a picture of whatever they were learning about. With our large ELL population, vocabulary is so important. This invaluable tool of looking up the pictures to represent the words would raise test scores dramatically. As a teacher, the tablet would help me keep anecdotal notes for my students as well as allow me to input grades into grade book as I walk around and observe.
Every child deserves equal exposure to technology.
Today's world demands that students be able to use technology in order to be successful. How can I look my students in the eyes and tell them that I can't give them every opportunity to succeed in this world? Help me, to help them. It takes more than one person, one school, one district to make our students successful. Every donation towards this project is a pat on the back to one of my kids, telling them, YOU CAN MAKE IT and I can help!
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