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

Oh, Snap!

My students need a digital camera and 3 memory cards.

  • $1,079 goal

This project expired on January 30, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Oh, snap! Students LOVE photography. Pulling out a camera gets an instant buy-in, from even the most reluctant students. Good photography uses the same strategies as good story telling. I want to facilitate effective story telling by teaching my English students how to tell stories with pictures.

My students, in many cases, lead challenging lives.

They live in very poor area and, in many cases, have been forced to grow up much too soon. For many of them, school is the only place they have the opportunity to really be kids, because at home they are acting as parents, care givers and role models for their various family members. As such, I try to make my classroom a place that they enjoy being, so that they can identify the value in education and make it a priority for themselves. Creating projects that tap into creativity and don't require a pen and paper is key for getting kids to care. We still write, and we still read, but we do fun things, too. We look for new ways to tell stories. We examine how newspapers and yearbooks can be excellent venues for expression. We incorporate subject matter from across all content areas to make English as dynamic and empowering as possible.

My Project

With the camera and memory cards that I have requested, we will be able to create photo stories in my classes. Students will get lessons in photography and digital imaging that will reinforce what we have been talking about in the context of literature. The purpose of the lesson will be to discover the similarities between traditional story telling and story telling through photography. The students will be able to see the connections that exist across the different mediums.

Making education fun is a challenge that all teachers face.

While I try to bound into my classroom each day overflowing with energy and positivity, staying pumped up is hard. Creating activities that get the kids excited for learning is key and it keeps me motivated. I have seen the fascination that students have with photography and digital cameras. I know that I can get them equally as fascinated with story structure , if it means they get to get their hands on a camera.

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

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18 donors18 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SanDisk Mobile Memory Kit - Flash memory card ( microSD to SD/mini SD adapters included ) - 2 GB - microSD • Best Buy $11.99 3 $35.97
Nikon D5000 - Digital camera - SLR - 12.3 Mpix - Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens - optical zoom: 3 x - supported memory: SD, SDHC • Best Buy $749.99 1 $749.99

Materials cost

$785.96

Vendor shipping charges

$12.00

State sales tax

$71.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.79

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$916.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$161.77

Total project goal

$1,078.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,078.44

18 Donors

-$1,056.33

Donations toward project cost

-$916.63

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$139.70

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$22.06

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$0.00

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