As an educator at an all-boys public school, I know that my students are far more than the "usual" Title I crowd. Yes, the majority of the young gentlemen that walk our halls identify as a racial minority. Most receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch . And, yes, to further add to their struggle, a third of the population is either disabled or currently adapting to the country as an English language learner.
However, these boys are more than their demographic.These boys often have difficult days, but they will always hug you in the hallway.
They may be prone to arguing or fighting, but they will go out of their way to make sure the new student knows where he are going, has a pencil, and remembers where his locker is. Finally, (but far from their most important attribute), in the past few years, despite all their hardships and struggles, the boys at my school have been steadily working to raise their test scores -- and last year met the minimum improvement goal for the first time. Ensuring that this first flicker of success doesn't die out due to lack of fuel is my primary concern.
This coming year, my students will have the ability to access 1:1 iPads, which is a fantastic accomplishment for our school.
We have been miraculously granted access to technology, but do not have a way to use it to its full potential.
As a social studies teacher, I know that an iPad can be an amazing tool for research, composition, and creation. However, despite their amazing capabilities, using iPads to complete assignments would be...well...clunky. Not all of my students are adept with using a touchscreen keyboard, and I worry that this will turn this
amazing gift of technology into a hindrance instead of a help.
In short, I am asking for your help in obtaining a class set of keyboards for each iPad so that my students can have the accessibility of a laptop with the portability of an iPad. The ability to complete assignments on a completely electronic level would add a speed and efficiency to the classroom that would allow me to better assist those who need it and to enrich those who have earned it. I would appreciate your help!
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