The students in my sixth grade class are fast becoming technologically literate. They know how to browse the Internet and search for funny cat videos. However, one thing they don't know how to do is compose at the keyboard.
My sixth graders live in a working class and immigrant neighborhood.
Some of them are learning English as a second language, some have special needs, some are gifted, and all of them love to learn. I teach history to all the sixth graders in our school, plus science to my own homeroom. In our spare time, we create projects that impact our whole student body. Our Title I school is an important safe haven for my kids, who are surrounded by poverty and gang activity.
This year, my kids will be blogging about ancient history. They will write opinion pieces, analytical essays, and make observations. Sometimes they will take the place of a famous historical figure like the pharaoh Hatshepsut or Emperor Qin and write a point of view piece. I want my students to learn how to sit at a computer and compose right there at the keyboard. In order to do this, they need a lot of exposure to computers, and that means we need more devices in our classroom. Chromebooks are the perfect solution--they're small, fast, and easy to use. With this small laptop handy, my students will be able to write their blogs, read the blogs of others, and learn how to comment politely. We are asking for two Chromebooks to add to our growing collection of computers.
As we study ancient scholars like Socrates and Aristotle, we can only wonder what they would have accomplished with a computer in their hands.
With your generous donation, my students will be learn how to write with confidence and respond to the blog posts of other students with respect. My students and I thank you!
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