Ms. Blue from Chillicothe OH is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students Chromebooks to use for class assignments in middle school.
I work with a wonderful group of intervention students in grades 6-8 in a school district located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Close to 60% of the students qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Working with middle school students can be challenging, but it is very rewarding at the same time. These students have strong ideas and opinions about what they perceive as injustices in the world around them, and they are not afraid to voice them. However, when asked to express their thoughts on paper, my students shut down.
My students are very much masters of the technological world, and they are more inclined to write when they can use word processing software on a computer.
I want to harness this digital awareness to help strengthen their writing skills across the curriculum. This will make the task of writing more engaging and less tedious than the traditional pencil/paper tasks.
I want to add more Chromebooks to our classroom for my students to use during writing instruction as well as for online work in the other subject areas. Our school district has adopted Google as its platform for all email, word processing, and data storage. Many of the teachers have incorporated online assignments into their daily instruction. Google Classroom has become the norm for most of my students. Their daily assignments are now accessed through Google Apps for Education and online textbook programs.
My students struggle with writing in general, but, typically, they are more at-risk because they often lack basic technology to complete typed work and online assignments.
I want to make it easier to meet their curricular needs by having more Chromebooks housed in my classroom on a daily basis. We currently have three Chromebooks in class, but sharing them among 10 to 12 students at one time is difficult, especially when they are working on different assignments from other classes.
In my writing class, the students will use the Chromebooks for online research and gathering resources for developing essays. The versatility of the word processing software allows them to write, revise, and edit their work without engaging in the physical task using paper and pencils. Furthermore, Google Docs and Google Drive will let my students develop digital portfolios of their work that can be used to measure growth over time. These files can be shared with me, as well as others, for group collaboration. This would let me provide immediate feedback on their written work and pinpoint areas for further review or instruction.
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|HP Chromebook 11A G6 - Education Edition - 11.6' & Google Chrome Education License • Best Buy Education||$231.00||2||$462.00|
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