I am the librarian for an inner-city elementary magnet school with a fine arts focus. My school is in a community where approximately 90 percent of our students live at or below the poverty level. English is the second language for most of my students.
My students, the majority of whom were financially impoverished before Hurricane Harvey, have had their homes devastated and their lives drastically changed due to the flooding.
When the disaster happened, most of my students had to escape to shelters or to the homes of others. Then they experienced further trauma when they came home to find their homes had been destroyed.
In addition to the educational challenges many of my students have experienced earlier in their lives due to poverty and language barriers, there will be new learning challenges this year. Students will be challenged to focus on learning while at the same time, adjusting to the trauma, stress, and loss of stability in their lives.
My students need a document camera. This tool would enable all of them, even those in very large classes, to see the words and illustrations as I read books aloud to them.
Read-aloud times which are already special, would be even more effective if all of the children could see the illustrations and text.
With a copy of the read-aloud projected on a large screen via a document camera, children with vision difficulties, children in the back of the class, and even the children in the front of the room who want to improve their reading skills by following along as they listen to the books being read aloud, could easily see the words and illustrations projected on a big screen.
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