I am the Technology push-in teacher at our school. I work with all the classes to help integrate technology into the curriculum. Each year, a select group of students is chosen to participate in the NYC History Day competition, which could lead to the National History Day Competition. This is a huge project for these students, one which they embrace with tremendous enthusiasm.
In the past, our students have put together decent digital documentaries with the limited equipment we have. We use an old video camera to record parts of the documentaries and some older PC laptops which we use to splice together the films. Our microphone quality is always poor. When we have finished the project we have to hunt for someone who has the technology to transfer the film from the laptop and then burn it on a DVD for us. So many of my students are English Language Learners, and this experience of writing scripts and speaking the parts is invaluable to them in their effort to improve their English.
One MacBook Pro, with a Super Drive would allow my students to create a documentary that could compete with the others at the competition. MacBooks have a great program for creating videos and mixing background music, a built in video camera and a good microphone. The Super Drive would allow us to burn the DVD in one step.
I realize that in this time of financial hardship for so many, a donation of this size is probably beyond reach, but my students work so hard for this project, I have to try to get them the equipment that will make their documentary reflect the effort and enthusiasm they expend. Please help them to realize their dreams.
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