As a teacher in a low-income inner city school region, with a large population of immigrant refugee families from a variety of Latin American countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Honduras and several others, I see that my students are faced with many challenges both in and out of the classroom.
Most recently, our school, community and our students and their families have been affected by the effects of several hurricanes.
Some families have had to relocate into our school community. The damage ranges depending upon the area, but typically includes flooding, damage to structures, loss of electricity and loss of personal items. Regardless of these challenges, the majority of the students are very determined and eager to succeed.
The students in my class attend a Title I school with a large population of ESL students, most of whom receive free or reduced price lunch. The school is located in a transient Hispanic immigrant area with a mostly low socioeconomic level. Most of the parents are struggling to make ends meet; therefore, most of these families have only the bare essentials and lack experiences, time and finances to invest in promoting a home environment that is conducive to learning.
Having a state-of-the art, touch-screen computer in our classroom will provide my students, most of which do not have access to a computer at home, with an exciting opportunity to do research, engage in graphic projects, access e-books and use educational programs provided by our school and designed to enhance student learning from the comfort of their classroom.
The use of such a computer will provide my students with an opportunity to actively engage in their learning in a fun interactive way.
By engaging in activities that incorporate the use of the computer, my students will be more motivated and will be empowered to work independently toward achieving their individual goals. The use of the computer also provides opportunities for students to engage in more self-directed learning in tune with their particular learning style.
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