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Students need to practice learning a foreign language in new and different ways! Many students need to be shown by their teachers how to study content effectively and receive feedback on their individual learning and progress. Without question, today’s students are technology-oriented and want to meet and exceed classroom learning objectives using modern methods and tools. To keep our students engaged, active, and combat the threat of classroom boredom, we must stay ahead of the curve and offer them a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning and growth. But so many of our technology resources (computers) are being used now for Mathematics courses (the Carnegie system), FSA test preparation, and FSA test administration, that there is no time available for World Language students to utilize the existing computer labs and mobile computer carts within our school.

And while some students do have access to a computer at home, many don’t, so it’s imperative that we allow them time to work with technology at school. We are not serving the needs of our youth in the 21st Century if we are not integrating technology into all content areas. Some school Districts in the United States today are even going so far as to offer every student a personal computer! We are not asking for that kind of ratio for our students at this time. We are looking to obtain one mobile computer cart to share amongst seven full-time World Language teachers that would include thirty mobile laptop computers. These thirty laptops would serve approximately 1400 students in a high school with a total population of 2300 students. The Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish educators at our school would rotate the cart and share among themselves and their students. The mobile laptop cart would serve the World Language students for years to come at East Lake High School and it would be an asset to the existing program.

There are countless resources available for our students to use today. At East Lake High School, we are currently using: StudySpanish.com, Quia, Yabla, Quizlet, Learnerator, Kahoot, BBC Mundo, DuoLingo, Power Point, Prezi, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, You Tube, Podcasts, and Bilingual Dictionaries just to name a few. In addition, students are asked to conduct cultural research or a Webquest on an assigned topic. Some of these educational resources are paid for by the School District for all students to use (programs such as Yabla or Quizlet), but we are unable to obtain the necessary practice time in the computer labs to maximize the investment. And there are many more wonderful websites out there for students to explore with the proper tools and means to do so! Students who are not using these resources are lagging behind we are not fulfilling our obligation to these students to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Practice using the current technology is beneficial for all students, but an even more important benefit is that it keeps the teacher available for help and personal instruction for students who need additional attention and remediation, while allowing more advanced students to keep working ahead and challenging themselves at a pace suitable for them. Learning can become more personalized and customized, and teachers can better differentiate instructional practices. Students can even practice at home if their families have a computer! Not to mention that, in the United States today, the work force is highly competitive and the ability to speak more than one language adds value to potential employers and makes students more marketable.

Another benefit of using technology, is that it gives the student more time to practice. The majority of the programs we use give immediate responses and corrections, so the student finds out what s/he did wrong much more quickly than waiting for the teacher to grade his/her work. This also takes a huge time-burden off the teacher, allowing more time to plan creative lessons and work with individual students on their specific needs. Some programs even flag areas in which the class is struggling, so that the teacher can better prepare on-target lessons which address problem areas.

Access to technology through the use of a classroom set of laptops would also assist the World Language Interest Clubs and National Honor Societies to fulfill their duties and mission. Additionally, students would be able to utilize these laptops to review their academics grades and monitor their progress. Students who review their progress on a regular basis tend to work harder and make higher grades than their classmates who are not able to check their progress.

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21st Century World Language Learning Requires Technology!

School:
East Lake High School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Jill Bryson 
 
Lauren Akins, Rita Damp, Debra Farr, Marilyn Horrnik, Kristy Ottavioano, Katrin Pope 
Students Impacted:
2300 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 30, 2016

0% Funded

 

 

Only $31,899.99 Needed

 

 

Goal

NEED, BENEFIT, and PERFORMANCE

Students need to practice learning a foreign language in new and different ways! Many students need to be shown by their teachers how to study content effectively and receive feedback on their individual learning and progress. Without question, today’s students are technology-oriented and want to meet and exceed classroom learning objectives using modern methods and tools. To keep our students engaged, active, and combat the threat of classroom boredom, we must stay ahead of the curve and offer them a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning and growth. But so many of our technology resources (computers) are being used now for Mathematics courses (the Carnegie system), FSA test preparation, and FSA test administration, that there is no time available for World Language students to utilize the existing computer labs and mobile computer carts within our school.

And while some students do have access to a computer at home, many don’t, so it’s imperative that we allow them time to work with technology at school. We are not serving the needs of our youth in the 21st Century if we are not integrating technology into all content areas. Some school Districts in the United States today are even going so far as to offer every student a personal computer! We are not asking for that kind of ratio for our students at this time. We are looking to obtain one mobile computer cart to share amongst seven full-time World Language teachers that would include thirty mobile laptop computers. These thirty laptops would serve approximately 1400 students in a high school with a total population of 2300 students. The Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish educators at our school would rotate the cart and share among themselves and their students. The mobile laptop cart would serve the World Language students for years to come at East Lake High School and it would be an asset to the existing program.

There are countless resources available for our students to use today. At East Lake High School, we are currently using: StudySpanish.com, Quia, Yabla, Quizlet, Learnerator, Kahoot, BBC Mundo, DuoLingo, Power Point, Prezi, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, You Tube, Podcasts, and Bilingual Dictionaries just to name a few. In addition, students are asked to conduct cultural research or a Webquest on an assigned topic. Some of these educational resources are paid for by the School District for all students to use (programs such as Yabla or Quizlet), but we are unable to obtain the necessary practice time in the computer labs to maximize the investment. And there are many more wonderful websites out there for students to explore with the proper tools and means to do so! Students who are not using these resources are lagging behind we are not fulfilling our obligation to these students to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Practice using the current technology is beneficial for all students, but an even more important benefit is that it keeps the teacher available for help and personal instruction for students who need additional attention and remediation, while allowing more advanced students to keep working ahead and challenging themselves at a pace suitable for them. Learning can become more personalized and customized, and teachers can better differentiate instructional practices. Students can even practice at home if their families have a computer! Not to mention that, in the United States today, the work force is highly competitive and the ability to speak more than one language adds value to potential employers and makes students more marketable.

Another benefit of using technology, is that it gives the student more time to practice. The majority of the programs we use give immediate responses and corrections, so the student finds out what s/he did wrong much more quickly than waiting for the teacher to grade his/her work. This also takes a huge time-burden off the teacher, allowing more time to plan creative lessons and work with individual students on their specific needs. Some programs even flag areas in which the class is struggling, so that the teacher can better prepare on-target lessons which address problem areas.

Access to technology through the use of a classroom set of laptops would also assist the World Language Interest Clubs and National Honor Societies to fulfill their duties and mission. Additionally, students would be able to utilize these laptops to review their academics grades and monitor their progress. Students who review their progress on a regular basis tend to work harder and make higher grades than their classmates who are not able to check their progress.
 

 

What will be done with my students

See GOAL. 

 

Benefits to my students

See GOAL. 

 

Describe the Students

We work with all kinds of students - ESE students, low performing/at-risk students, high achieving students...students of all backgrounds and skill levels must take World Language classes as a graduation requirement. 

 

Budget Narrative

DELL was contacted directly about educational sales/group sales. The cost per basic Latitude E5470 laptop is $970. This includes an I5 processor, Windows 7 professional license, 8 gigabites, 500 gigabites of hard drive, wireless internet, 3-year limited hardware warranty. These laptop models and this cart have been readily used within Pinellas County Schools to date and have functioned well and served as an inexpensive option for the objectives sought. The mobile cart to store these laptops can be locked and secured. It can easily be moved from classroom to classroom. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
2 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
3 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
4 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
5 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
6 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
7 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
8 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
9 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
10 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
11 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
12 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
13 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
14 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
15 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
16 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
17 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
18 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
19 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
20 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
21 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
22 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
23 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
24 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
25 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
26 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
27 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
28 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
29 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
30 DELL Latitude E5470 $970.00
31 DELL Mobile Computing Cart PS2 Managed $2,799.99
  Total: $31,899.99

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Only $31,899.99 Needed

 

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