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Mrs. Sherman from Los Angeles CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Storyteller's Path; Unraveling the Mystery of Literacy

My students need 1 Fairy Tales STEAM Kit 2, 2 Sony Digital Cameras, 1 HP - Slimline Desktop, 2 iPads and Cases, 1 Adobe Photoshop program, 1 Art Explosion Publisher Pro program; and art supplies.

  • $3,000 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students love to tell stories. They are true storytellers. It is exciting to hear them share their personal stories about their families. I've heard tales of "Our fishing trip"; "My sisters 15-year-old party!"; "I have a new baby brother!"; "I worked with my dad!"; and other events in their lives. They enjoy sharing their stories with each other and with adults.

Incorporating new technological skills with literacy skills to to improve storytelling skills can lead to great improvements in my student’s academic skills.

It can also pave a path to improved literacy skills and great careers. My students are individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities. Many of my students come from single parent homes. My students go to an inner city school which receives "Title One" Funds and our school participate in a free meals program. With a majority of our students being Second Language Learners; it is essential that they improve literacy skills. My storytellers want to go to High School and College. They would love to tell their stories through multi-modality and multi-media activities.

My Project

My students love to tell stories; they are true storytellers. In this project we will expand their storytelling skills into classroom and school projects. My students will be able to document, record, illustrate and bring their personal spin on community and class building activities using multi-media technology in their projects and presentations.

Student teams will be a given starter projects that is classroom based (ex: how to build a mouse trap car; how to build a spaghetti tower; or how to build a foam tube roller coaster).

The second project will be school based (topic ex: water quality on campus; where can we get the most exposure to germs; or what grows in the school garden). If we are lucky; we will expand the third project to home and community.

My students will be able to use various media devices (cameras, IPad, lab tops and the desk top) to capture pictures, illustration, and videos of the process of completing the projects and activity events. Students will be able to use the Photoshop and Art computer program and the computer desktop to edit and enhance their multi-media projects.

For my students who have very low speech production; we will use the Fairytale Storytelling Kits as their first step in story telling. The storytelling kit will bridge supported storytelling into independent story telling activities. Additionally; students will use the IPADs and Computer to address the need of support in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing support.

My students who have stronger technology skills will be able to improve skills and provide support to their peers in the area of multi-media technology. All student will be on the road to improving their Storyteller's Path by Unraveling the Mystery of Literacy through technology.

Mrs. Sherman
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
iPad and Case • Best Buy Education $368.07 2 $736.14
HP - Slimline Desktop - AMD A8-Series - 4GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - HP finish in glossy black • Best Buy Education $335.26 1 $335.26
KT11279 - Fairy Tales STEAM Kit 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $325.00 1 $325.00
Sony - DSC-H300 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black • Best Buy Education $157.17 2 $314.34
Apple - iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player - Space Gray • Best Buy Education $199.99 1 $199.99
Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 15 [Boxed] • Staples Advantage $137.34 1 $137.34
07348-1010-Fredrix Paint It Yourself Classroom Mural Canvas Roll - 60" x 120", Acrylic Primed • Blick Art Materials $64.69 1 $64.69
Art Explosion Publisher Pro [Boxed] • Staples Advantage $59.02 1 $59.02
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3" x 3", Canary Yellow, 12 Pads/Pack (65412SSCY) • Staples Advantage $20.49 1 $20.49
07015-1044-Blick Economy Canvas Panels - 4" x 4", Class Pack of 24 • Blick Art Materials $3.61 5 $18.05
Pentel Hi-Polymer Latex Free Eraser, 3/Pack • Staples Advantage $2.49 5 $12.45
Mr. Sketch Scented Watercolor Chisel Tip Markers, 12-Color Set • Staples Advantage $5.03 2 $10.06
Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip Dry-Erase Markers, Assorted, 12/pk (80699) • Staples Advantage $9.89 1 $9.89
Crayola Crayons, 24/Box • Staples Advantage $1.64 6 $9.84
Crayola Colored Pencils, 12/Box • Staples Advantage $1.77 5 $8.85
Staples Manila File Folders, Letter, 3 Tab, Assorted Position, 100/Box • Staples Advantage $8.29 1 $8.29

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