My students need iPads with cases to use during small group work to help ensure they are working at their own levels.
At the beginning of the year, half of my students were reading at a level pre-A (significantly below grade level) and didn't know letter names and sounds. We're diligently working on phonics and quickly mastering foundational skills so they can read at grade level or beyond by the end of first grade.
My students are a diverse group of enthusiastic, hard-working, caring boys and girls.
At our school, 83% of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and nearly half are English Learners. My students understand the importance of having a growth mindset to apply in both their school work and in their personal lives. They are eager to learn new things, and make it their priority to complete their homework each day. We discuss the importance of education and the tools we will need in order to make it to and through college. They lack access to different kinds of technology more often than students in wealthier neighborhoods who frequently have access both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope to provide them with access to technology while also providing them with personalized learning opportunities that will help them reach grade level or beyond. My students are smart, capable, driven young students who deserve the best possible academic experience to help them succeed in school and life.
Each day students work independently in reading and math centers to help reinforce the skills they have learned so far. I take this time to work in small groups and provide them with more individualized instruction based on their level. I have students who are reading from a level A to level I. In order to provide them with an equitable academic experience, I would like to differentiate instruction during centers time. Students working by themselves in centers could use these iPads, with protective cases, to practice reading and math skills at their own level. Working on the iPads will give students access to current technology while practicing skills relevant to their own abilities. For example, I would have my students who still need to reinforce letter names and sounds work on iCanWrite or iWriteWords. For students who are reading at or above grade level, I would have them work on pre-writing narrative stories or practice writing conventions on apps such as SentenceBuilder or Kidspiration Maps.
My students have very limited access to technology in their lives.
My goal is to provide my students with the skills they need to perform to the best of their abilities. I want all of my students to perform at grade level by the end of the year. My hope is that my students can have access to tech tools that will help them with the technological component of the new state assessment, while simultaneously providing them with a more personalized learning experience to meet each of their needs.
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|Apple iPad Air MD788LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Silver) • Amazon Business||$374.99||4||$1,499.96|
|Canopy 2-Year Tablet Accidental Protection Plan ($350-$400) • Amazon Business||$66.70||4||$266.80|
|Otterbox Defender Series Case for iPad Air - Frustration Free Packaging - Black • Amazon Business||$39.79||4||$159.16|
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