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Mrs. Mathews from Orland CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lights, Camera, Action! Showcasing Student Discoveries and Thinking

My students need a Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder, Video Shooting Photography Studio, and an HD Classroom School - News Production Background Kit to create and present their scientific findings.

  • $924 goal

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My Students

Our school has adopted a culture of safety, respect, and responsibility where students take part in managing their own behavior. By teaching our expectations explicitly, our students know what behavior is acceptable here. These character traits are very important in the science lab as well; it is much easier to do the "fun stuff" when you can trust your students.

The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders here are already learning to be conscientious scientists in the classroom and in the lab, but now it is time to share their knowledge with the world.

They come from diverse backgrounds, but many have never been out of state. Including exploration and technology in our classroom allows our kids to travel beyond our classroom walls. When they begin asking deep questions and provide multiple answers they begin to direct their own learning.

My Project

My students are learning many different concepts in science. One of the things they are the most excited about is sharing their findings. As we work through making claims based on evidence and revising our ideas, students need a way to document their changing understandings of the phenomena in the natural world.

In this time of YouTube and social media, my students need a way to publish and showcase what they have learned.

By funding this project, you will set up a small video studio where all students will have a chance to present their "news" in the most modern format. Green screen technology, lighting, and an easy-to-use camera will put students in the director's chair, in the editing booth, and on air. We are looking forward to producing our own science knowledge show and some other school-positive videos to share with the campus.

Mrs. Mathews
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder (Black) + SanDisk 64GB Memory Card + Digital Camera/Video Case + Extra Battery BP-727 + Quality Tripod + Card Reader + Tabletop Tripod/Handgrip + Deluxe Accessory Bundle • Amazon Business $279.95 1 $279.95
LimoStudio 3meter x 2.6meter / 10foot. x 8.5foot. Background Support System, 800W 5500K Umbrella Softbox Lighting Kit for Photo Studio Product, Portfolio and Video Shooting Photography Studio, AGG1388 • Amazon Business $154.99 1 $154.99
HD Classroom School - News Production Background Kit • Amazon Business $124.99 1 $124.99
24" Counter Height Director's Chair - Black Wood - By Trademark Innovations (Black) • Amazon Business $81.99 1 $81.99
TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone for Nikon/Canon Camera/DV Camcorder • Amazon Business $27.00 1 $27.00
Heavy Duty Muslin Clamps 4 1/2 inch 6 Pack • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Directors Clapboard • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44

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