My students are very eager to learn to read. One of the best ways to help young children learn is to tap into their curiosity of technology. They love to have technology in their hands; you will not find a child more engaged than when they have technology in their hands.
My school is a Title 1 school.
My students come from high poverty homes, where they do not have the luxury of computers, Kindles, etc. They come to school to get exposed to those kinds of privileges. I believe that all children should have access to technology; if they can't get it at home, then it is my job to give it to them at school. I teach Kindergarten and from the very first day of school, I am teaching them through technology. They are intrigued, and engaged, by the thought of technology. At my school, we have to share to 20 Nooks between 475 students. We currently have two Kindles in our classroom, but the students are limited on time with them. If we had more Kindles, my students would have more time to use the Kindles to learn their word wall words; which allows them to begin reading. My students are at disadvantage when it comes to technology. I want to be the one who changes that for these children.
My students will be using the Kindles to help them learn their sight words; to learn reading skills and then strengthen those skills. The Kindle cases will help us protect the Kindles, and provide a comfortable resting place. Students will have an allotted amount of time, each week in reading workshop, to use the Kindles to help them grow as readers. My students are facing higher expectations in these technology driven years, and I expect the Kindles to help them rise to their potential. Math is another subject that the Kindles will help my students excel. We are learning how to add and subtract, and the Kindles will allow them to practice those skills. At the beginning of the school year, most of my students come to me with no letter or number recognition. Through the two Kindles that we currently have in our classroom right now, I have seen a quicker growth spurt with my students than I have in the past. More Kindles, and their cases, will allow more kids to grow.
Having access to more Kindles in our classroom will allow more students to learn technology, while learning to read.
Most of my students don't use technology at home, so having the access at school is imperative to their learning. Our society is quickly becoming solely dependent on technology. Poverty stricken children are being left behind in this society because they do not have the access to technology as so many other children do. As an educator, it is my job to ensure their success.
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