More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
iRead, iListen, iLove Books on the iPad!
My students need two durable, reliable WiFi iPads (electronic tablet) that can access MyOn (free electronic books through our district's license) and eBook applications.
Mathematically, how can 20 minutes for five nights a week of reading make a difference? If a student does, that student will have read a total of at least 3600 minutes by the end of the school year. How can we get them to want to? Add some technology motivation into those eager hands!
The students from my class work in a Title-I school.
This means most students received either reduced or free lunch based on their parents' income. In my classroom, fourteen out of eighteen students are receiving free or reduced lunch. A majority of my students are below level in at least one subject area, ELL (about 75% including an LYA), SLD (1/17), previously retained (4/17), working with an attendance intervention (6/17) or receive accommodations through a 504 plan (2/17). Although our high school graduation rate has been increasing, the age of the graduates is increasing, too. Reading and literacy are foundational skills that will increase success in the future. I want to know that when the students leave my room that they have been enriched in literature and enjoy reading!
Wouldn't you want to grab one device that could give you more than one option to read? For the students with no technology at home, they will get the chance to listen to or just read on the most current technology. Technology is the gateway to the current student's interest in reading and the future. I will be using the iPad and iPad mini to use applications to focus on reading skills (in addition to other content areas). Through our district, we have millions of free electronic books through a resource named MyOn. I can download the application, students can access books of all genres, and they can read off line/online. Also, there are multiple applications that I learned through a iPad in the Classroom training through the district. Not only could I use this for these applications, I can download less expensive eBook editions of my students' most recent favorites without them getting tattered over the years. They are going to practice stamina, comprehension, fluency, etc.
What makes you curious?
Chasing the Falconers? Joey Pigza? Danger? Energy? What takes your interest into the next realm? This age group is always wondering about the world around them. Their imagination is used to visualize a mystery, fantasy or twisted fairy tale. The more of these students that reach out to a book, the more successful these students will be. How cool could it be to request a book for a friend by putting it into their bucket for later? The possibilities are endless!
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