live in a small world surrounded by and limited by poverty. They don't go to museums because it's too expensive. Many don't even have access to the Internet.
Many of my Kinder through 8th grade students are the first in their family to attend school in the US.
They bravely face all the challenges and the unknowns of getting an education in a new country such as learning English as well as learning the systems and routines of an American School.
School is a haven for these students. A place where regular routines and caring ad caring adults make it possible for them to learn and grow into new, more promising lives. We teach them the creative problem solving skills that will help them grow up to contribute in the 21st century economy.
This project will open the world to them.
This project will help my students see the world from the confines of the classroom through the magic of the Internet. The projector we currently use delivers washed out blurry images that are hard to see. It's impossible to discuss details when students can't see the details. It's hard to feel enthusiastic about beautiful works of art when it's hard to see the work clearly.
This project will let students see the wide world as if they were actually visiting art galleries and science museums--a virtual field trip of learning.
Although we are surrounded by world-class museums, the cost of taking just one field trip is enormous. With a big screen TV, students will be able to see the world from our classroom.
It's so important for my students to see the world beyond their neighborhood. The live in poverty and have little understanding of the many amazing resources that surround us.
This technology will let them observe the details of all the subjects we observe together. We currently spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of class viewing art from the Internet. Students practice discussion and thinking skills with the input from the images they see. We use a discussion technique called Visual Thinking Strategies to help students learn to express their ideas and use facts to support their thinking. The current projector makes it hard to see the colors and details in the masterworks. A TV will make the colors come alive and bring the world to students so they can learn from it and prepare to take their part as they grow into citizens.
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