My students need 5 tablets to develop and enhance their technology skills, which will benefit them inside and outside the classroom
I teach sophomore (10th grade) various exceptionalities English classes, which provides support to students with special needs and/or specific learning difficulties. Most of my students have a learning disability, which sometimes impedes their academic success. My school has over 700 students whom English is not their first language. Our ESOL population continues to increase as students from Puerto Rico relocate after facing the challenges Hurricane Maria brought to their home. Regardless of my students' struggles, they are eager to come to school and learn every day.
In our modern-day society, technology is everywhere, but not always accessible to our students.
Most of my students come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds resulting in limited access to technology and school supplies. Our school is a Renaissance High School in Hillsborough County where, in 2015, 84.1% of our students participated in our national free or reduced lunch program which means their family income was 130% below poverty line.
Technology is scarce in our school due to testing all year round, and when the computer labs are available they are quickly reserved. Bringing these tablets into our classroom will provide my students the opportunity to actively engage in multiple learning opportunities without limitations. They will broaden their technology skills beyond social media, and learn the computer skills necessary to be successful in our modern world. My students will use the devices to develop research skills and engage in current events around the world. They can collaborate on projects and peer edit their assignments using Office 365.
Most importantly, they will also use these tablets to practice their writing and reading skills in a similar format to what they can expect on the Florida State Assessment.
All 10th graders are required to pass the Florida State Assessment (FSA): a state mandated, standardized test that is also a graduation requirement, no matter their circumstances. The FSA requires 10th graders to type a timed multi-paragraph essay as part of their assessment, but my students aren’t familiar with a computer keyboard. The state assessment also requires them to read long passages followed by answering higher-order questions, but struggle with staring at a computer screen for hours at a time. Having the technology accessible to my students allows me to assist them in developing the stamina needed to take a computerized exam.
Providing my students with these tablets, benefits their learning, improves their test scores, and prepares them for life.
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|Insignia? - 11.6'- Tablet - 32GB - With Keyboard - Black • Best Buy Education||$122.94||5||$614.70|
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