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Mrs. Bisel from Fresno CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of a Voice

Help me give my students two iPads so that I may help them communicate their wants and needs within the classroom.

  • $895 goal

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My Students

Hello! I work with students from Fresno, California who are in Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Their ages range from 3 to 5 years old with different cognitive abilities. In our class, there are 12 very unique students with Autism. Every day our team works with our students on, routines, math, communication, social skills and their individual education plans.

When my students are not in class working hard to meet their IEP goals, they join the general education students for inclusion.

Our students enjoy learning the alphabet, counting, dinosaurs, and any sensory-related activities. I absolutely love working with our students and they deserve the best that we have to offer.

My Project

Communication is one of the areas of struggle for my students. They have difficulty telling someone their wants and needs {e.g., bathroom please). They also have trouble playing with others (e.g., sharing toys), commenting on what they see (e.g., red truck) or sharing basic information about themselves such as their name and where they live. These difficulties, however, can be overcome by the use of visual supports (e.g., pictures or drawing) that allow them to show another person what they are thinking and wanting to say. When the pictures or drawings are paired with a voice output system, the students are then able to communicate with another person in a more rapid fashion.

I have a personal iPad that I use in the classroom.

In it, I have an application that allows my students to communicate in the fashion mentioned above. I always pair the use of the device with my students trying to use their own voices. After all, the goal is to support their language with a device only until they are able to say many words and phrases independently to communicate with others. iPads are a great tool to use within the classroom when supporting kids with language difficulties.

Mrs. Bisel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Apple - 10.2-Inch iPad (Latest Model) with Wi-Fi - 64GB - Space Gray • Best Buy Education $330.00 2 $660.00

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