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Mr. Kaufmann from Phoenix AZ is requesting instructional technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Make Old Technology Useful Again

Help me give my students the components needed to utilize rescued outdated technology with our newer technology.

  • $228 goal

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My Students

My students are not your typical middle school students. We are a K-8 school and only have 300 "middle school" students compared to the middle schools in the region that have more than that per grade level. Our middle schoolers are the leaders and set the proper examples for the rest of the elementary students. This unique situation gives ample opportunity for them to mentor the K-3 whom we lovingly refer to as "The Littles." Over the past year, they have held an Ecology Carnival and at STEM Night "How To Make Slime," for "The Littles."

The passion the 7th graders show when teaching to "The Littles" and seeing the knowledge they have gained getting passed down again it great to see.

We talk a lot about building community at our school and the 7th graders take this to heart. They are always looking for more ways to include the younger grades in activities with them. Whether it is making pumpkin volcanoes or playing with them after school they find ways to make our community that much stronger throughout the year.

My Project

My students want to be able to record certain activities in class to turn in via Canvas instead of writing or using still photography. Unfortunately, technology is expensive and I assigned them the task of figuring out with a budget of $200 how we can get a class set of recording devices. Luck for them we came across a handful of digital video recorders passed down from the high school years ago. Technology has passed these items by and while they are still functional they can not communicate with our newer computers without some help. These items will help my students bring life back into the DVRs.

The 7th graders are learning that old technology is still good technology, they just have to figure out how to get it all to talk to one another without breaking the bank.

They want to record their labs, mentoring with younger students, and make video assignments. The only way to do this was to figure out an economical way to get "working" cameras along with their cost to maintain and buy storage.

Mr. Kaufmann
Grades 6-8

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RCA to HDMI, GANA 1080P Mini RCA Composite CVBS AV to HDMI Video Audio Converter Adapter Supporting PAL/NTSC with USB Charge Cable for PC Laptop Xbox PS4 PS3 TV STB VHS VCR Camera DVD • Amazon Business $14.89 6 $89.34
Seadream 2Pack 3.5mm Right Angled Male Jack 4Port to 3-RCA Adapter Audio Stereo Extension Cable (5Feet Right Angle) • Amazon Business $7.88 3 $23.64
Patriot LX Series 16GB Micro SDHC - Class 10 UHS-I - 5 Pack (PSF16GMCSDHC5PK) • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
(10-Pack) Mini CD-RW Rewritable 21min 185mb 8cm CDR CD Blank Compact Disc + Jewel Case • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Memory Card Case - Fits up to 22x SD, SDHC, Micro SD, Mini SD and 4X CF - Holder with 22 Slots (8 Pages) - for Storage and Travel - Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and Labels Included • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09

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