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Mrs. Sekerak from Oregon City OR is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

If Pioneers had Chromebooks....

My students need a chromebook with license, headphones, and a case to begin writing using technology and word prediction software to overcome their dyslexia.

  • $382 goal

This project expired on July 12, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school district is located at the end of the Oregon Trail and it appears our computers have died of dysentery! They are old and slow and clunky. We need technology like the Pioneers needed Oxen - Chromebooks do the heavy work when it comes to writing for my students with learning disabilities.

My students struggle with reading and writing in a variety of ways.

Some can read, but their spelling is impossible to interpret. Some can read, but reading takes so much effort they often don't remember what they read by the time they finish a paragraph. Some read far below grade level due to dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Some could tell you an amazing story full of colorful details, but when it comes time to write that story they just can't get it on paper. A handful of my students are dual language learners as well. Some live in poverty. ALL of my students work harder than their classmates most of the time, but struggle to keep up with classroom demands due to their processing issues. I partner with amazing teachers who do their best to provide the accommodations and supports needed - but we all lack the needed technology.

My Project

Kids with learning disabilities like dyslexia are bright and articulate; they just have some unexpected processing weaknesses that make reading and writing more challenging. Chromebooks have powerful built in tools that allow students to work around their weak areas while they build up their strengths through tutoring or classroom accommodations. I run a technology Bootcamp where I teach kids to use dictation features like the Google Microphone to write, and learn to download books to be read aloud using Bookshare. My students will use the Chromebook to write more than they are usually able to by using word predication or text to speech apps. They will also be able to listen to textbooks and stories read aloud to them as they follow along to help build reading fluency and increase access to grade level content and material.

Access to assistive technology is an overlooked and underfunded solution in these challenging budget times.

Ideally children with dyslexia would be able to get both small group help from me AND classroom accommodations. Pairing good small group instruction with access to assistive technology when my students return to their general education classroom will make it possible for my bright kids to shine!

Mrs. Sekerak
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 70 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dell Chromebook 11 3120 11 6 Celeron N2840 Chrome OS 4 GB RAM 16 • CDW-G $232.06 1 $232.06
Google Chrome OS Management Console License 3 Years • CDW-G $26.65 1 $26.65
Purple iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case for 11.6" Dell Chromebook 11 3120 series Laptop released after Feb. 2015 with 180-degree LCD hinge (NOT compatible with 2014 original Dell Chromebook 11 210-ACDU series) (Purple) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Headphones, BestGot Headphones for Kids Adult with Microphone In-line Volume, Included Transport Carrying Case for iPhone 5s/6/6s Plus/6s Plus, iPad/iPod, Android Device MP3/4, black/purple • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99

Materials cost

$289.69

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.35

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$324.04

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$57.18

Total project goal

$381.22

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$381.22

4 Donors

-$348.99

Donations toward project cost

-$302.79

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.20

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.23

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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