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Ms. Crouse from Bronx NY is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Worming Our Way Through Silk Production!

My students need long term access to theft-free (safety cart) and breakage-free (protective cases) iPads in a distraction-free (sound eliminating headphones) learning zone to capitalize on the technological access to propel their educational success.

  • $700 goal

This project expired on July 27, 2018.

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My Students

Imagine having close to no support at home, coming to school sometimes for the sole purpose of a free meal, heated classrooms or just to escape abuse. My students are trying to defy the odds of a low income, welfare supported family. That is the reality for the majority of my students. I have a vibrant and energetic bunch of District 75, Tier 1 School Students with emotional disturbance, ADHD/ADD, Autism, learning and intellectual disabilities, as well fighting the obstacle of being English Language learners. Our school is located in the Bronx and I work with an 8:1+1 class, with three of my students having 1:1 crisis paraprofessionals. Typical students at P186X come from low-income families where their access to technology and the use of technology to advance their education and academic inquisitiveness is limited or non-existent.

Reading and writing on kindergarten level while in sixth grade and struggling with socio-emotional and academic disabilities is an everyday obstacle for the children in my class.

Distractibility, impulsivity, insecurity and the inability to block out negativity are challenges by students who need to cope with every minute, before they can even begin to learn and develop into the good citizens they are capable of being.

My Project

Where does silk come from? What do we use it for? How is it made? Some students' responses on their KWL charts: "it from spidrs" and "whats silk"

Background knowledge of students in low-income areas with multiple disabilities, mismatched instructional levels and grade levels is alarming.

For our STEM fair project, my students will be rearing, caring for and observing silkworms from the eggs to the larva to the pupa to the moth, and documenting their journeys on the iPads. They will be making daily diary entries and taking photos/videos to ultimately make an iMovie, Power Point or word document about their experience.

Due to the population of students I work with, emotional disturbance students have regular and intense episodes to express themselves in challenging and overwhelming situations. These crises frequently lead to the destruction of school property. This, coupled with theft issues within our school, as a result of their impoverished socio-economic situations, makes it a necessity to ensure the safety and security of the expensive new iPads our school has acquired, prior to the authorization of student access.

Without students gaining access to the iPads, our STEM project and the students' educational journey exploring science (through the silkworms' lifecycle and its' production of silk), technology (creating time lapse videos, capture images, compose iMovies and Power Points), and math (solve word problems to calculate how many leaves per worm to pick on each of our field trips) will cease to exist. Help these students access a devise that will unlock their power of learning.

Ms. Crouse
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 8 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones On Ear, 40mm Driver Wireless Headset Foldable with Mic, Wired and Wireless Headphones for Cell Phone/ TV/ PC • Amazon Business $26.99 8 $215.92
Luxor LLTMW12-G 12 Outlet Wall Mount/Desk Multi-Device Charging Box - Gray • Amazon Business $171.53 1 $171.53
HDE iPad Air 2 Bumper Case for Kids Shockproof Hard Cover Handle Stand with Built in Screen Protector for Apple iPad Air 2 - 2014 Release 2nd Generation (Blue) • Amazon Business $17.99 8 $143.92
SUPCASE iPad Pro 10.5 inch case, [Heavy Duty] [Unicorn Beetle PRO Series] Full-body Rugged Protective Case with Built-in Screen Protector Design for Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch 2017 (Black/Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99

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