More than a third of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Learning on Multiple Dimensions
My students need a 3D printer to create art through technology.
My classroom is HOT. That stands for Higher Order Thinking. We are a HOT School that uses arts integration as we learn about the world through social studies and science. Everyday is full of hands-on real world learning.
My students come from a poor urban community and many of them live in the housing projects surrounding the school.
However, our stellar, holistic education attracts students from wealthier parts of the city as well. I have a diverse classroom bursting at the seams with students, chickens, and other animals. All of my students benefit from our daily integrated approach including my students with special needs. The students are always busy with activities such as building animals out of cardboard boxes, painting wheat fields in the style of Winslow Homer and Van Gogh, drawing pastel farm landscapes at the National Historic site of Impressionist Julian Weir, using interpretive dance as we study bees and cross pollination, composing songs in Writer's Workshop, and writing commercials for our own First Grade Produce Market . My students are budding artists, scientist and global learners.
Makerbot will help us further integrate art, science, social studies, math and technology. Examples of this include using the 3D printer to build components of a model habitat, to make individualized math manipulatives, and to create sculptures that will extend our learning and inspire. Students will be able to take what they previously could only create with crayons and construction paper and make something they can actually hold. This is the type of technology that these future scientists, artists, and critical thinkers will use as adults. I want them to know that there are many ways to create.
The Makerbot will take us to a new dimension in First Grade.
It will expose the students to new technology that they have never seen. But also, students from the entire school will be ale to use the Makerbot and benefit from it. My colleagues are excited to collaborate. By providing our school with this cutting edge technology you will helping an entire learning community.
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