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Ms. Sheffer from Oakland CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Netbooks for Journalism and Authentic Media Learning

My students need 3 netbooks and one digital camera to support our after-school journalism program (newspaper and newsblog).

  • $1,081 goal

This project expired on October 22, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Help our students tell their stories! Budding journalists need access to technology to write, draft, revise, and publish in print and online news for our community!

Our students are resilient young writers who attend an under-resourced school in California.

They are juniors and seniors who have committed after-school time to running a school newspaper and news blog. They love arguing, writing, and have taken it upon themselves to be role models for the lower grades. They are representatives of our school as a whole. One half of them are English Language Learners, and nearly all qualify for free or reduced lunch. Our students want to create a forum and online news source to document the happenings in our community and spur civic engagement. Unlike other nearby schools, our students do not have consistent access to technology. Our school does not have a functioning computer lab, so our students lack the exposure to 21st century media skills.

My Project

The three netbooks will support a mini-journalism workstation that students can use to draft, write and to establish an online news site for our school. Students can use the computers to publish their work in a "blog" setting--including original articles, videos, photographs, slideshows, and infographics. They can peruse existing online media for inspiration. Most importantly, the access to technology in the classroom will help students gain fluency in 21st century skills. They will have a chance to write professional emails, to complete Internet research, to judge the veracity of online sources, and to use social networks and online platforms to tell their own stories. The digital camera will used by student journalists to document events happening on our campus and in our community.

Help our students see themselves as journalists.

Access to these netbooks will inspire students to report, interview, write, rewrite, and publish. If we can put the tools in students' hands, they can create a forum for our entire school community.

Ms. Sheffer
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 45 students.

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Acer Aspire ONE D270-1492 - 10.1' - Atom N2600 - Windows 7 Starter - 1 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD • Best Buy for Business $255.99 3 $767.97
Vivitar - V5119 5.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - White • Best Buy for Business $23.87 1 $23.87

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