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Ms. Trale from Oakland CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Say It Loud!: Headphones and Mics Help Tell the Story

Help me give my students three recording microphones and twenty sets of headphones so that they can record and edit video and audio stories.

  • $491 goal

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My Students

We learn best when our whole bodies are involved. When we are drawing or speaking or acting, our brains are hard at work making connections from one medium to another. I want to provide my students with the tools to make their learning visible and audible.

My students, nearly all from racial or ethnic minority groups, are sophomores, juniors, and seniors at our urban California high school.

For the most part, they are not affluent; based on family income, a large majority qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Many are immigrants or speak a language other than English at home. My students often begin the year reading and writing several grades below their expected level. Especially for students such as these, it can be very difficult to figure out how to express one's thoughts in a formal essay. However, through the practice of analysis and composition in other media, students gain the skills that they will be able to apply to formal writing as well.

My Project

To really learn well, students need to see many applications for the skills and concepts they are learning about. In my secondary English classroom, I help students build relevance by expressing their understanding through visual art as well as through journalistic writing and podcasting.

We need higher-quality microphones for our podcasts so that we can capture our voices cleanly and create podcasts with less background noise so that other people will really enjoy listening, and headphones so that a room full of students can all edit those podcasts at once without disrupting each other.

These tools will allow students to better build their knowledge and skill, and to demonstrate those abilities to the world.

Ms. Trale
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone Recording and Podcasting Kit + Accessory Bundle • Amazon Business $74.99 2 $149.98
Panasonic RP-HT21 Lightweight Headphones with XBS (10 Pack) • Amazon Business $70.49 2 $140.98
Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount • Amazon Business $58.90 1 $58.90

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