My students need wireless speakers and a wireless projector adapter to help create an effective digital learning environment.
As it stands now, about 20 feet of wires intertwine to connect my laptop, LCD projector, speakers, and document camera. These wires are chaining me and my technology to the front of the classroom, when I'd really like to be able to teach and access my technology from anywhere in the classroom.
My school is a magnet school in a large city in Texas.
We attract students from all over the city who must apply for admittance. Students are selected via a lottery system and often travel up to an hour each way on the bus to reach our school. Students attending the school are grateful, high-achieving, and motivated to learn. Having said that, many come from low socio-economic backgrounds and homes where their parents are not college graduates. The unique thing about our campus is that it is extremely diverse and represents a cross-section of demographics that does not exist in any neighborhood school. The culture of the school is truly exceptional because of this diversity. My students are excitable and open-minded--ready to tackle even the most challenging concepts. In fact, matching their energy is sometimes a feat in itself, however their enthusiasm is infectious and inspires me to work hard on their behalf.
Having wireless technology in the classroom will allow me to break free of being anchored to the front of the classroom. Unyoked, I will be able to more effectively monitor students, check for understanding, and adjust the flow of instruction. Currently, if I'm using a presentation tool on laptop, I have to waste time walking back and forth between the rows of desks and the computer. With a wireless projector adapter, I'd be able to carry my laptop with me and present material while monitoring students at the same time. As a teacher who utilizes technology almost on a daily basis, including video clips and music, the speaker set-up that came with the computer leaves much to be desired. Even students who sit nearest the speakers complain that dialogue is distorted and hard to hear while students in the back strain to hear anything at all. New speakers that I could place strategically around the room would alleviate this problem.
In our digital age, teachers are competing for students' attention.
In order to capture our audience, we strive to incorporate technology as a means to both deliver instruction and reinforce learning. Wireless technology in my classroom will mean more student engagement, and ultimately, greater results.
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