My students need an in-class laptop to access science demonstrations, videos, and projections.
The world we live in is one that is ever dependent upon technology. To be prepared for this world, America's youth must to have access to the technology they will be expected to use. My classroom lacks appropriate technology in the way of a laptop for videos, presentations, and demonstrations.
The student population I work with on a daily basis is one located in an impoverished urban setting.
The school itself is a very old building, but much of the building is not utilized due to underfunding and understaffing. Students often take two to three buses (sometimes riding and transferring on their own at as young as 12) to and from school. Throughout their school careers many have faced inconsistency, poor teaching, and lack of advocacy. Few have truly experienced an inquiry based science education, which is what I seek to provide them. Nonetheless, these students are energetic and enthusiastic when it comes to hands-on learning and visual demonstrations. My students have such high aspirations for their lives, but often lack the support and resources to achieve their goals.
The laptop itself will be used daily to provide students with access to presentations, videos, and demonstrations. Such amenities are vital in science as the visual is often the gateway to inquiry. Further, students will have the opportunity to apply for a job to run the computer as well as any presentations or videos. This will provide them the opportunity to become acclimated with technology that many sadly lack access to.
In the 21st century school it is the expectation that teachers have access to a laptop to use in the classroom, which is something I lack.
I have attempted to work with the IT department to obtain a laptop, but have been unable to do so due to limited funding and limited resources. Therefore, I now ask you to help my classroom and my students by donating for us to have an in-class laptop.
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