I teach 8th grade science in an inner city middle school. My classroom is a special education inclusion classroom with about one third of students identified with learning disabilities in math, reading, and/or writing.
Science is a subject whose learning is greatly enhanced by visual exploration. Whether you are studying heredity by looking at a chart of genetically linked physical characteristics or learning about our solar system by looking at photographs and pictures, students who have access to visual presentations have an enhanced ability to learn science. But what do you do if you have only one photocopier in a school of 700 students (and it only copies in black and white and it’s often broken)? What if you have no textbooks to give students access to the diagrams and pictures that describe so many important scientific processes? And what if you have students with visual impairments who can’t afford glasses?
The LCD projector in this proposal would greatly improve learning and enjoyment in my classroom. This teaching tool can be used to show the entire class pictures, diagrams, and photographs from my laptop computer. My students will benefit everyday from the use of software like PowerPoint which makes the presentation of new material easier to understand and digest. As a class we can reference resources on the Internet, create tables and charts with our data and project our brainstorming sessions for all learners to see at once. Together with the document camera and laptop I already use, this projector will transform science for hundreds of kids from a subject learned on black-and-white paper to a visual exploration of our world.
Your donation will help improve classroom learning and make science come alive for my students. Through visual exploration that is tied to technology, my students will have greater potential to be inspired by science and apply their knowledge to how they live in the world around us.
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