My students need DSLR cameras to develop their photography skills and create an awesome yearbook!
Our Junior High is the first middle school in DPISD to create a journalism elective for 8th graders. The students in my class certainly don't fall under the same umbrella; They are a mixture of academic abilities, socioeconomic statuses, ethnicities, hobbies, etc. Yet, all of us have one major thing in common.
For us, this is the first year we've got to be a part of something bigger than ourselves--we've come together to finally establish a sense of school spirit, gain real-world responsibilities, and represent the epitome of collaboration.
Though we've only been in school just a few weeks, I can tell that for most of these students, this is the highlight of their day. We've committed to working hard and making this year the best yet.
This year will be the first year that a middle school in our district has a journalism elective for 8th grade students and I want to do everything in my power to ensure I equip my students with the resources and skills they need to be successful. The students at my school are low-socioeconomic and come from families that have little or no education, so purchasing cameras with their own money would be impossible. Probably as impossible as saying "no" to a juicy piece of bacon (or a crisp, crunchy carrot if you are vegetarian).
If any type of equipment were donated, our class would utilize it to:
1) Build a community of learners— The entire class, including myself, lack formal education in photography. Having quality cameras would allow us to explore and share what we’ve learned with each other, which would subsequently help to build the students’ collaboration skills for use in the real world. Sometimes these students have difficulty in finding the value in education because they have experienced a tremendous amount of failure. With the right tools, our students can finally feel successful in something school related, whereas it was a “waste of time” before.
2) Create awareness of events in our community— The small community of Deer Park tends to be forgotten on the grand scale of Texas and I want my students to have the opportunity to be a voice that represents their generation.
3) Develop literacy skills— Our school in particular has a large population of English Language Learners. Thus, many students have underdeveloped reading and writing abilities. Utilizing photographs for self expression and real-world practice with language would benefit my students not only short term, but also long term.
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|Nikon - D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses - Black • Best Buy Education||$861.45||1||$861.45|
|Nikon - D3400 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens - Black • Best Buy Education||$499.99||1||$499.99|
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