I have taught all my life in a low income school. So I never really noticed the impact of technology in the classroom, because my school has never had much technology. But a couple of years ago as I started traveling with my Debate Team, and I realized how far behind my school and classroom were.
I teach many subjects and grade levels, and I’m also the school’s debate coach.
We have managed to build one of the largest and most successful urban debate teams in the nation with 100 active debaters. But this letter is not about our Debate Team. It's what I noticed at tournaments – a substantial and tragic technology achievement gap. My students, with their pads of paper, were debating students who brought in laptops. As my students fumbled with papers and had to re-sharpen pencils, their competitors were typing furiously away on wireless keyboards. As my students scrambled to find a newspaper, their competitors were online accessing databases. As my students had to carry tubs of evidence, other teams had libraries of information stored on a USB drive smaller than a finger. Our school has an outdated and incomplete computer lab for 800 students! And so my goal with the help of Donors Choose and HP is to build a 21st century learning class with a 1-1 computer-student ratio.
HP computers have revolutionized my class. Here are the top ten benefits. First, online course management. I'm able to build a Moodle online learning platform which keeps all class resources online. Second, online assessments. I can build, distribute, grade, and return tests with one click! Third, class website. Each student builds a website and links to a class e-portfolio. Fourth, technology skills. Students need to learn 21st century learning skills. Fifth, E-books beat our textbooks which are too few, outdated, boring, and in poor condition. Sixth, we need a HP computer lab after school for extended learning. Seventh, extracurricular. I coach our debate team and we need computers for research. Seventh, computers are fun! Eighth, school modeling. The more I use computers, the more others do. Ninth, spill over. An HP allows access to camcorders, speakers, microphones, projectors. Tenth, small group learning. I can split my overcrowded class with a computer group a discussion group.
I’m interested in every student accessing the world and universe at their fingertips.
And so that is why I’m going to write one proposal at a time, for one computer at a time until every one of my students have access to a computer. The greatest classroom in the world is a classroom with no walls. Only then can students reach the skies and stars. HP computers will allow schools, teachers, parents and students to break down all walls and literally access a universe of information and resources.Read More
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This classroom project was brought to life by Hewlett-Packard Company and 2 other donors.