My students need need 5 iPads with protective coverings.
I am the librarian at a marvelous urban middle school in Brooklyn, NY, filled with over a thousand eager students looking to learn. Sadly, our lovely corner of Brooklyn has been damaged by the recent tragic and heartbreaking events of Hurricane Sandy.
I am hoping that this grant may help to ease some of the loss our students, and in turn the library, has felt due to the storm.
Not all the neighborhoods that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy were told to evacuate. Therefore, many of our students and their families were caught unprepared for the devastation. Some lost everything and some lost a lot. Our school was spared, so it has provided a safe haven to these amazing young people as they and their families try to rebuild their lives.
To serve our students best, it is important that we immerse them in the most current 21st Century technology. Fortunately, we were able to fund one iPad device for our students, but classes come to the library 30 at a time and to make the iPad more effective, having 5 more, would enable us to group students together to use this marvelous device to learn important information literacy skills that are aligned with the common core state standards, such as note taking, website evaluation, as there are many apps that allow for it. In addition, we can use an iPad for e-books (students have been very enthusiastic about adding these to our collection.)
While this cannot replace the loss so many of our students experienced, an iPad can offer them excitement about learning, so that when they return to their temporary shelter or their partially destroyed home, they can think about coming to school the next day and learning with the latest tools.
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