Walton Education Foundation

At the beginning of this school year over 50% of my students tested below the 40th percentile in reading. Many of my students live in homes without any books or technology. With these challenges in mind, my goal is to improve the literacy, mathematic fluency and learning engagement of every student in my classroom. I am requesting five laptops that I believe will help me meet that goal. These computers will be used daily during math and reading small group centers, as well as providing access to students for research opportunities. The Florida standard MAFS.3.OA.3.7 requires that students will know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers. With access to websites like zearn.org students will be able to have daily practice to reach this goal. This website closely aligns with our daily curriculum and allows student to continue to practice skills previously taught in the classroom. The standard LAFS.3.RL.4.10 says that students will need to be able to read and comprehend text at the high end of the grades 2-3 complexity band. With access to websites like Compass Learning, students will review missing skills to improve their reading level. Access to a wide array of digital books also offers children fresh enthusiasm for reading and creative ways to engage with literature! The standard LAFS.3.W.3.7 involves doing research projects to build knowledge of a topic. The laptops will provide the students with access to websites like kidtopia.com for multiple research projects throughout the year. I believe that these computers will improve the education of every student in my classroom in reading, math and more. Our district uses the STAR assessment to track student growth. A classroom growth percentile that exceeds 40% is my goal.

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Power Our Potential

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School:
Freeport Elementary 
Subject:
Low Performing Students 
Teacher:
Valerie Hamon 
Students Impacted:
15 
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Date:
October 11, 2017

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Publix Super Markets Charities - $997.05

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 16

With this grant we were able to purchase 4 new computers for our classroom. My initial goal for improving math fluency with these computers was reached easily with daily access to websites like mobymax. By the end of the year, 14 out of 16 students were able to complete 40 multiplication problems in less than 5 minutes! The computers were used for more than just math centers. Having the additional access to technology also allowed my students to publish every piece of writing they completed. We created fiction and non-fiction books, complete with text features and illustrations. This would have been impossible without the additional computers. My class and I are so grateful!

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

At the beginning of this school year over 50% of my students tested below the 40th percentile in reading. Many of my students live in homes without any books or technology. With these challenges in mind, my goal is to improve the literacy, mathematic fluency and learning engagement of every student in my classroom. I am requesting five laptops that I believe will help me meet that goal. These computers will be used daily during math and reading small group centers, as well as providing access to students for research opportunities. The Florida standard MAFS.3.OA.3.7 requires that students will know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers. With access to websites like zearn.org students will be able to have daily practice to reach this goal. This website closely aligns with our daily curriculum and allows student to continue to practice skills previously taught in the classroom. The standard LAFS.3.RL.4.10 says that students will need to be able to read and comprehend text at the high end of the grades 2-3 complexity band. With access to websites like Compass Learning, students will review missing skills to improve their reading level. Access to a wide array of digital books also offers children fresh enthusiasm for reading and creative ways to engage with literature! The standard LAFS.3.W.3.7 involves doing research projects to build knowledge of a topic. The laptops will provide the students with access to websites like kidtopia.com for multiple research projects throughout the year. I believe that these computers will improve the education of every student in my classroom in reading, math and more. Our district uses the STAR assessment to track student growth. A classroom growth percentile that exceeds 40% is my goal. 

 

What will be done with my students

My classroom is made up of 15 excited third graders, and they will be thrilled to use these new computers. When students enter the classroom each morning they will be expected to log on and practice multiplication and division fact fluency for five minutes daily. Classroom contests will be set up to reward the highest rate of growth each month. Throughout the day students will use these computers to extend their learning as they plan, compare, and solve problems. I am most excited about the connections students can make to our science and social studies curriculum. Technology allows students to see and experience places and things outside of their hometown. We will use these computers to explore other countries in social studies, and research the solar system or animals in science. Because my goal is to increase the STAR scores, each student will have an individual goal directly linked to STAR. I will create personal growth goals together with each student, to push them and encourage them to keep doing their best work. 

 

Benefits to my students

This year 15 students will be positively impacted by this technology, and my classrooms in the future will also have 15 or more students who will benefit from this grant. I believe that for each child to reach their full potential we must fully prepare them to enter a world where being literate in reading and math, but also technology, is essential. With the additional computers, I hope to see an improvement in both reading and math proficiency. I will be able to track that success through student growth percentiles on the STAR reading and math assessments. I would like to see an average of 40% student growth from August 2017 to Spring 2018. I am also requesting headphones so that students can work independently. 

 

Budget Narrative

I am requesting five Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) at $187.52 each. As well as five Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones at $11.89 each. If prices were to fluctuate I would choose to not get any headphones or to get one less computer.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) $187.52
2 Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) $187.52
3 Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) $187.52
4 Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) $187.52
5 Lenovo-N22-80S6-11.6in-Celeron-N3060-4-GB-RAM-64-GB-SSD (NON TOUCH) $187.52
6 Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones $11.89
7 Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones $11.89
8 Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones $11.89
9 Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones $11.89
10 Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones $11.89
  Total: $997.05

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