Walton Education Foundation

Thanks to Chelco and the Walton Education Foundation, our class room has 5 laptops! This year we would love to get 5 more! With 10 students in my intensive math class, it would be awesome for each student to get to practice on their own laptop while I circulate the room and help. My regular math classes range from 20-28 students so when we do small group stations- the more laptops the better! With this grant we would accomplish engaging and appropriately challenging small group stations. Using online math programs, my students could review for their state exam using a variety of independent practice with video and example support. Last year, my students loved the online programs available; however, we struggled to find open computer labs in the second half of the year. Having 5 more laptops in the classroom would allow us to break into small groups more often. Aside from group work, this year we have a number of real world application projects planned and the access to technology would greatly improve our presentations and final products. Last year, our percent of students at or above benchmark increased by 12 percent with the 5 laptops as opposed to an increase of only 5 percent in 2016-2017 without laptops. This year my goal is to increase our percent of students at or above benchmark by 20 percent!

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School:
Emerald Coast Middle School 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Jeannine Abadie 
Students Impacted:
132 
Grade:
Date:
September 20, 2018

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CHELCO - $925.00

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Goal

Thanks to Chelco and the Walton Education Foundation, our class room has 5 laptops! This year we would love to get 5 more! With 10 students in my intensive math class, it would be awesome for each student to get to practice on their own laptop while I circulate the room and help. My regular math classes range from 20-28 students so when we do small group stations- the more laptops the better! With this grant we would accomplish engaging and appropriately challenging small group stations. Using online math programs, my students could review for their state exam using a variety of independent practice with video and example support. Last year, my students loved the online programs available; however, we struggled to find open computer labs in the second half of the year. Having 5 more laptops in the classroom would allow us to break into small groups more often. Aside from group work, this year we have a number of real world application projects planned and the access to technology would greatly improve our presentations and final products. Last year, our percent of students at or above benchmark increased by 12 percent with the 5 laptops as opposed to an increase of only 5 percent in 2016-2017 without laptops. This year my goal is to increase our percent of students at or above benchmark by 20 percent! 

 

What will be done with my students

This grant would positively impact AT LEAST 132 7th grade math students per year. In math class, small group instruction is most effective; however, it is challenging to keep a class full of below grade level students engaged independently while I take a small group. There are many exciting online programs that would benefit my lower learners and keep them motivated to stay on task. Because I can assign specific standards to specific learners through these online programs, I could be sure to appropriately challenge each of my students individually. If a student finishes classwork early, they can quickly and easily work on their Khan Academy (online program) goal by going on a computer. They could also check their grades online to make sure they are submitting all required assignments. They can view the "ShowMe" videos I make to go with each homework assignment and lesson. These laptops would be used anytime anyone has extra time at the end of class or on a designated station day where we break into small groups and rotate through various activities every 15 minutes. Also with our project presentations, the access to technology would enhance our creativity and allow us to display our ideas more professionally. The students will be creating models in floor plans, parks, and aquariums using what we learn about proportions, scale factors, area, and volume. Being able to create their presentations on the computer will make them more engaging and will also help them practice typing for their state writing assessment on the computer this year. I also have one Pre-algebra class this year and all of their homework assignments are through their online textbook. The students love practicing this way because they are able to immediately check their answers. The only problem with online homework is the handful of students I have that don't have computers or internet at home. I often give them practice time in class to work on these assignments so I can circulate and help them too, but as of now we can only do this is a small group stations format where other students are doing the practice printed on paper or sharing a laptop with a partner. The pre-algebra class has 28 students in it so having a total of 10 laptops with the 5 from last year would make such an impact on this group too! The opportunities that come with more laptops is endless!  

 

Benefits to my students

With 37 percent of my students testing below grade level on district and state exams, all students could be challenged at his or her independent level with programs like Khan Academy and Path Blazer while I can work with a small group building more personal relationships and identifying their specific needs. Students would be able to check their grades in their free time or view the homework help videos I create and post on my website. Never again would a student have to wait for other students to finish an assignment because they could move right on to their next challenge and continue learning and growing.  

 

Budget Narrative

Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM -
64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 -
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN)

5 Laptops for in classroom use 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN) $185.00
2 Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN) $185.00
3 Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN) $185.00
4 Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN) $185.00
5 Lenovo 100e 81CY - Celeron N3350 / 1.1 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6' 1366 x 768 (HD) - HD Graphics 500 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – black (NON TOUCHSCREEN) $185.00
  Total: $925.00

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