Our middle school is on the outer edge a large urban and suburban district. We have a diverse population ranging from the very affluent to the very impoverished.
We are a STEM and PBL (project based learning) focused school and our students love to be creative in showing what they know.
We have great elementary schools feeding into our one middle school and our kids are generally familiar with the idea of project-based learning at the start of middle school. Sixth grade is spent focusing on refining their knowledge and developing deeper content understanding.
Our greatest challenge is the broad range of student access to resources created by our large and diverse school cluster. While all of our students are eager to learn through hands-on, student-driven projects, not all of our students have equal access to the resources that will allow them to participate in these projects to their fullest.
Our team of teachers is lucky enough to have some Chromebooks available for students to use in class, however we need a locking cart to store these tools safely when they are not in use and to transport them to other areas of the building for projects and activities.
Students love to engage with technology in the classroom, but successfully storing that technology can be a challenge.
This locking cart will allow us to store our current Chromebooks and laptops safely and have space to expand to our long term goal of a full set of 30 devices, one for each student. Preserving the resources we have received will allow us to better use them in the long run. Further, since this cart has a locking mechanism and wheels, it will allow us to use our devices for activities throughout the school - including real world observations in science class, and team research projects that span multiple subjects.
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