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Mrs. Alfred from Chicago IL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Love Listening To Ourselves Speak English

Help me give my students a camcorder, tripod, and battery to have a way to record themselves while role-playing and speaking English in my classroom.

  • $528 goal

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My Students

My students are New English Learners. We used to call them English as a Second Language Learners but, because so many of them come to the United States already speaking several other languages, English, for many, is often a third, fourth, or even fifth new language. Our school is the second most diverse high school in the USA and the most diverse high school in Illinois.

We have children from countries many people have not even heard of!

My students are a wonderful group of kids spanning from grades 9-12. Many have had no prior schooling because they lived their entire life in a refugee camp or a war zone whereas others come from countries where they received a superior education. It is a daily struggle to teach my classes because everyone has such a unique background and knowledge base. One of the key learning strategies in the ESL classroom is to speak! But then what? This is where your support comes in! We need a video camera in our classroom to record while we are reading, role play and a host of other activities.

My Project

My whole approach to teaching and learning is hands-on. I love doing projects with my students and have them act out the stories we read in class. Often times, the kids ask each other to film them with their phone but many of my students cannot afford a phone or the footage is never shared with me.

I need to be able to capture my students speaking English and have the footage in one central place to store so I can upload it on our school website.

I have used my personal phone in the past but cannot keep saving all of the videos there. We desperately need a classroom camera that will be used for student projects in and out of the classroom all year.

Mrs. Alfred
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sony - Handycam CX440 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black • Best Buy Education $249.99 1 $249.99
Sony - Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod - Black • Best Buy Education $84.07 1 $84.07
Sony - NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery • Best Buy Education $31.51 1 $31.51
SanDisk - Ultra PLUS 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card • Best Buy Education $29.98 1 $29.98
Sony - Sony LCS U11 Soft Camera Case - Black • Best Buy Education $16.95 1 $16.95

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