Be an agent for change by helping my students advance out of the Stone Age and into the modern world through the daily use of technology.
Our school has a richly diverse student population in terms of language, culture, and academic performance.
Students in my class speak a wide variety of languages including Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, Cambodian, Tagalog, and Somali. Though with many economic challenges, my students have bright futures because of the education and characters they are developing. Without your concern and action, many academic opportunities would not be available to these hardworking students.
Students in this low-socioeconomic area come to my 5th grade class with limited typing and research skills. With the proper resources such as these laptops, they will engage in hands-on projects in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
We plan to conduct research projects using the Internet. Thanks to the webcam, students can interview experts through Skype to enhance their arguments. We can create newsletters based on Social Studies themes. Using virtual manipulatives, students can better explore and demonstrate their mathematical thinking. Students will be able to publish their written work more easily. Because of the built-in microphone and speakers, students can also record themselves reading and self-evaluate their own fluency. The possibilities of projects and their impact on a child's power to create are endless.
Our long-term goal is the have an entire cart full of netbooks that my students can share with other 4th and 5th grade classes in our school.
To build that dream, we are asking for to netbooks at a time.
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