Help me give my students iPads to prepare them for high school and college and meet the high demands to be digitally literate in this 21st-century learning environment.
Our school's motto is "Children Come First." This means that we strive to meet our students needs academically, socially, physically, and mentally. This is especially important to students here because we are a tier one school where over 90 percent of the students are on free or reduce lunch. Several students at our school view school as an escape from their broken home and age-inappropriate responsibilities. At our school, students can finally just be children. I believe it to be my job to transform escape into opportunity. I want my student to view education as their ticket out of poverty.
I serve 3 blocks of 23 students which is 69 students daily.
I have 12 students with learning disabilities and the rest are English Language Learners. The population of my class consists of majority Hispanic, followed by African American, and with a sprinkle of Asian American. I try to meet the needs of all my students by differentiating my lessons to include visuals, movement, and audio. All my students learn differently so it is imperative to me that build relationships with my students so decrease misbehavior and incorporate their interests in my lessons.
We live in a world where successfully operating technology has become an essential skill. As a result, teachers need to adjust and modify how we teach in order to meet that need. Education is constantly changing and it's the teacher's job to make sure we are practicing up-to-date and current practices. More than half of my student have no internet connection at home and I find it hard to find time to go to the computer lab during class time with my 3 classes. For this reason, my goal is to slowly build my technology library so I can become self-sufficient, as far as technology goes. Students are intrigued and instantly become interested when technology is directly involved.
As a science teacher, technology allows me to teach beyond the limits of my classroom using real-world visuals, virtual labs, and simulations.
Students are able to conceptualize better when they get to see visually what is being taught. For example, I cannot bring my students into space to show them the rotation and revolution of the Earth, however, with these iPads, this is not physically possible but digitally possible.
My students are already at a disadvantage in life because they are not as exposed to technology in terms of education very often. Games and being digitally literate educationally are on two different ends of the spectrum. With your donation, you will not be only helping my student succeed in the 5th grade but also in life. Thank you so much for your time and help.
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|Apple 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi - 6th generation - tablet - 32 GB - 9.7' • Best Buy Education||$332.26||6||$1,993.56|
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