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Mrs. Elamin-Jones from Los Angeles CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Speaking to Learn...Learning to Act!!!

My students need a camcorder to create a DVD of presentations and skits they do, to take home at the end of the year.

  • $279 goal

This project expired on August 21, 2010.

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My Students

My students are given a grade on their report card for their listening and speaking abilities, but when do they ever actually get to see or listen to themselves speak?

I teach second grade at a low income, high poverty, inner city school.

Most of my students come from homes where English is not their first language, nor do they speak standard English. My students are very creative and they enjoy acting, and doing presentations for the class on what they are learning. My students are working on their third presentation this year, and they are very excited about it. Some students are very shy, but with a video camera and microphone in front of them they are willing to try. So far they have done presentations where they shared a story they authored, they shared a presentation board they completed about kindness, and they are currently working on their final two presentations on camouflage and fossils to round out the year.

My Project

I am asking for a donation of a flip camcorder. I would use this camcorder to record the 4 to 5 presentations I have students do each year. After recording the presentations I would create a DVD for each student to take home at the end of the year, so that students could see how their speaking and listening ability improved over the course of the year. I would also use the recordings for students to see themselves speaking so that they could critique themselves, and determine what they could improve upon in the delivery of their presentation before moving on to the next one. Allowing students to see themselves recorded motivates them to complete the assignment because they know that all parts of the presentation must be complete before they video. Videoing enables students to not only critique themselves as a speaker, but also as a listener in the audience, based on the types of questions they ask. Students will also be able to act out various stories that we read throughout the year.

This project is important because if students do not learn how to speak and communicate their thoughts effectively they will miss out on many opportunities in life.

Speaking is the gateway to expression, and confidence. Learning to speak and listen effectively will allow students to access more information. Students will be able to view themselves speaking, which is critical to them learning from their mistakes. Imagine seeing their growth in speaking from the beginning to the end of the year.

Mrs. Elamin-Jones
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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FLIP VIDEO ULTRAHD CAMCORDER -- Flip Video Camcorders; UltraHD, White • Quill $199.99 1 $199.99

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