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Mrs. Hart from New Haven CT is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lights, Camera, Action! Documenting Our Learning

My students need camcorders to create a variety of cross-curricular projects including public service announcements, documentaries, and other creative expressions of their learning.

  • $1,024 goal

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My Students

My students are enthusiastic learners who love to share their new knowledge in creative ways. In my library, I incorporate project-based learning which includes video and other digital products.

I work at a K-8 school in a high-poverty urban district where not all my students have access to technology at home.

The district has limited resources, and we are facing severe budget cuts for the coming school year.

Our student population is diverse with students hailing from over 20 countries!

My Project

As the Library Media Specialist, I regularly collaborate with the classroom teachers on a variety of projects that incorporate student-produced videos. The few video cameras we have are broken and need replacement. These HamiltonBuhl HD camcorders are rugged, designed to stand up to classroom use, and will last many years. These camcorders also work as audio recorders and still cameras, making them quite versatile. The SD memory cards are necessary as the cameras do not have built-in memory.

Students will use these cameras to showcase their learning to the school community and beyond.

For example, third graders study about the immigrant experience at Ellis Island; they will record themselves dressed in period garb and add narration about the voyage and their homes in the New World. Fourth graders, who learn about disaster preparedness, will produce public service announcements to advertise their written guides. Fifth through eighth graders will use the cameras to create ten minute documentaries or to embed video in websites as part of their participation in the National History Day Contest. Students learn how to download their recordings and edit videos using an online video editor. With these camcorders, the possibilities for creativity and documenting student learning are endless!

Mrs. Hart
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CAMCORDER - HIGH DEFINITION - DIGITAL WITH HDMI • School Specialty $130.14 5 $650.70
SDHC CARD PREMIUM 16GB VER96808 • School Specialty $20.58 5 $102.90

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