Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Document Camera”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Brittany Beard. She teaches 6th and 7th grade and has 2 years of teaching experience.
Application for Funding:
Alliance Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy, or COMA, is a middle school in Los Angeles, California. COMA is one of 28 schools in the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools charter organization, which serves nearly 11,500 low-income students. The demographics of COMA necessitate a wide range of programs to meet the needs of our students. 98% of our school is socially disadvantaged youth, with more than 16% English Language Learners and 8% of students with disabilities. As a seventh grade English-Language Arts teacher at COMA, I am attempting to get a document camera for my classroom.
Although considered a Title I school, Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy prides itself on being a technology school, with an emphasis on the Common Core State Standards. Each classroom is equipped with a cart of 32 laptops and/or iPads for each student. Classes are taught in two-hour blocks, using the Blended Model station structure. With a maximum of 32 students in a classroom, I am able to teach 16 students in a small collaborative setting at a time. With the current technology in my classroom, students are unable to fully participate in the lesson, unless it’s on the whiteboard, which is time-consuming to repeatedly set up and erase. Even with all of the tools to help the learning process, students are unable to take complete ownership of their learning without a document camera, which, I believe, will increase their retention and instill a sense of pride in their work.
I am a firm believer that the growth mindset is an important key to success. Growth mindset is the belief that students are in control of their ability to learn and succeed. Since the first day of school, I have always repeated that I believe in my students and how much they are loved and respected. Though many students are considered “disadvantaged”, it does not mean that they are incapable of success. This proposal will provide an opportunity for students to take ownership in the lesson and equipment. Having a document camera will make students feel a sense of ownership in the equipment and lesson because students will respect the technology and take pride in the tool that allows them to display their work proudly in front of their peers.
As an English-Language Arts teacher, I believe that images and texts must be displayed, in order to enhance the process of learning. In order for this to happen in my class, texts and images must be revised, edited, and praised. While teaching the Cornell note style, I would love to allow students to show their peers how they were taking notes so they could learn from each other. This versatility and spontaneity sets the document camera apart from other classroom tools, such as PowerPoint presentations, electronic boards and white boards, all of which can be limiting. After modeling presentations, I can allow students to create their own presentations to be used with the camera, which will increase retention because their peers are teaching them, instead of me.
How the $150 would be spent:
The $150 will be spent on an Ipevo Ziggi-HD Plus High-Definition USB Document Camera (CDVU-06IP) from Amazon.com. The cost of this document camera is $99, plus the three-year protection plan for $13.21, which would total $112.21. The remaining money would be spent on miscellaneous classroom supplies.
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