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Mrs. Thoma-Data from Houston TX is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Time Travel With Virtual Reality!

Help me give my students the ability to experience the past using virtual reality.

  • $444 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are located in Houston, TX and serve students in grades 10-12, most of whom are low income, making us a Title I school.

Many of our students are at-risk, however, stereotypes that are associated with low income schools do not hinder us!

Our school has been nationally recognized for awards for excellence in urban education. In 2016, we won 2nd place at the National History Day research competition in Washington, D.C., and competed again in 2018! We work very hard to make our school a fun and motivating place for students. Upon meeting our kids, you would find them to be highly engaging and creative.

I am seeking supplies to support high-level student engagement and critical thinking. The materials requested in this project will support the creation of a comfortable, well-supplied, and academically focused classroom!

My Project

I was recently introduced to virtual reality, and I fell in love. At first, I was skeptical, "It couldn't be any more engaging than an image?". Well, I tried it, and I was wrong. VR is completely immersive. Students can visit far away places like the Great Wall of China or a sunken ship, which has a huge impact on high-poverty/low-mobility students. But that is not all that VR can do.

Virtual Reality can engage students in visualizations that are not possible in the traditional classroom setting.

Imagine feeling as if you have stepped into the past! For students of history, there are endless resources available! My students will get to experience the journey of a late-1800's American immigrant by visiting Ellis Island and touring the Tenement buildings that housed hundreds of thousands of our ancestors. Students will become colonial farmers and feel the cramped and inhumane conditions of boarding a 17th century ship used in the transAtlantic Slave Trade. Instead of seeing a grainy image on a projector screen, students will be able to discern detail and the vast size of places and objects.

By itself, VR would be an incredible and engaging experience, but I plan on using it for more than that. I want to use VR to help students build skills. Observation, questioning, and argumentation are some of the most important life and education related skills -- for all subjects! Using various teaching strategies combined with VR, students will be able to grow intellectually. With this source, students will be better equipped to think critically in a growing and developing world. The storage containers will hold the goggles while the DVD drive will allow students to connect to 3D video.

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Mrs. Thoma-Data
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vr Headset, Sneba White Virtual Reality, Headset VR Glasses for 3D Video Movies Games for Apple iPhone 7 plus, Samsung Huwei HTC More Smartphones. • Amazon Business $18.99 15 $284.85
Homz Plastic Storage, Modular Stackable Storage Bins with Blue Latching Handles, 31 Quart, Clear, 4-Pack • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
External DVD Drive, Amicool USB 3.0 Type-C CD DVD +/-RW Optical Drive USB C Burner Slim CD/DVD ROM Rewriter Writer Reader Portable for PC Laptop Desktop MacBook Mac Windows 7/8.1/10 Linux OS Apple • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99

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