Help me give my students three Chromebooks. This would help us to differentiate for students who have special needs that can be supported with speech-to-text, enlarging/zooming, and other easy-to-make digital modifications to text.
All students participate in a 90/10 Spanish dual-immersion program and work toward promoting from 8th grade fluently bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Of our 616 amazing students, about half are currently English Language Learners, and about three quarters receive free and reduced-price lunches. Our vibrant independent charter school is located in urban Santa Ana amidst Orange County’s historical and municipal landmarks. We pride ourselves on our focus on the arts; we provide instruction in music, dance, visual arts, performing arts, and digital arts through Transitional Kinder to 8th grade. We also provide community learning experiences and social-emotional education with the support of Expeditionary Learning (EL Education).
We strive to give our students access to all of the best resources that the Internet has to offer. Unfortunately, our school’s growth has outpaced our technology purchasing power and our classrooms share a single cart of Chromebooks. Access to a small number of computers housed throughout the day in our classroom would allow us to better meet our goal of giving our students access to creative, real-world productivity tools and preparing our students for the digital world.
As a school, we are committed to making sure that all of our students are fluent, confident typists so that they can focus on expressing their ideas rather than agonizing over finding the letters on a keyboard.
We teach developmentally-appropriate typing lessons, starting with identifying left and right, moving individual fingers, identifying keys on the keyboard, and matching fingers to the keys that they should press in 1st grade. Second grade gradually teaches each row of the keyboard, and we introduce accenting on a computer in 2nd and 3rd grade. Third through 8th grade students word process sentences and compositions in both Spanish and English. Our middle school students build on these skills with digital peer editing.
Schoolwide, we teach slide presentation skills starting in 2nd grade, spreadsheet skills beginning in 3rd grade, and incorporate digital publishing of student projects including recording video responses, publishing e-Books, and designing infographics throughout Transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade.
All of these programs rely on our students having access to technology when it can be most meaningfully leveraged and integrated into the curriculum, and your donation toward a small group of Chromebooks for our classroom would help us make that available to our students!
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