My students are an interesting bunch, to say the least. Living in the city of Newark, many of my students have struggles that the average person doesn't have to handle. Many of the daily tasks that seem simple to you and me, my students tend to struggle with.
In my classroom, we take pride in knowing that many of my students come from diverse backgrounds, many who are first-generation Americans!
Many of the students struggle to make ends meet, whether that is finding money for their next meal or looking for a jacket to wear to school. That being said, both my ninth and tenth-grade classes are filled with vibrant students that try to make the best of every situation. My students enjoy learning through a creative route and are constantly looking for new ways to push themselves in the classroom. To have a monitor like this, would allow my students to learn history through the creative route they desire.
As a Big Picture Learning Department, we have made it our goal this year to teach one unit across multiple subjects. Our department has decided the best unit to do achieve this goal is by teaching the Renaissance. The Renaissance allows for a lot of cross curricular learning through figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Niccolo Machiavelli and Galileo. You must be asking yourself..."How does this iPad come into play?" Well let me tell you.
This iPad will be shared between four teachers to use the application Nearpod.
Nearpod is the perfect application for cross curricular teaching / planning - it allows us to create digital lesson plans as a team and track our students progress throughout the unit. Each teacher will be teaching a different part of the Renaissance. As the history teacher I will be teaching about the history of the Renaissance. Our English teacher will be reading excerpts of the Prince with the student. The Math teacher will be teaching our 9th graders geometry using some of Leonardo Da Vinci's formulas and lastly our science teacher will perform experiments with the students using the scientific method. However, without the iPad it will make it harder plan and track our students progress. Therefore, we are asking for one iPad to be shared between four teachers for this amazing cross curricular unit!!!
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