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My goal is to have more classroom laptops to help my students achieve their goals and increase their reading abilities as shown by FSA and STAR assessment scores.

This year in my intensive reading classes, my students are continuing their work with the online reading program Achieve 3000. Achieve3000 allows students to work on their “just right level”. This program allows practice with writing skills, vocabulary practice as well as reading comprehension questions that aligns perfectly to English Language Arts (ELA) Florida State Standards, for each of the three grade levels I teach and the ELL standards. This research based program allows me to differentiate their instruction, by choosing articles based on skill weaknesses and topics that are interesting to them. I also can assign articles based on which Florida State ELA Standard I wish my students to work on. My students in the past to show great grains on STAR assessment as well as FSA because of the use of Achieve3000.

Currently I have 72 students in my intensive reading classes and 29 in Critical Thinking. 32% of these students are ELL students, some of which speak little to no English. 21% of my students are classified ESE or have a 504 plan, having extra computers in my room will allow me to help meet these students’ accommodations and differentiate their instructional needs. All 72 of my intensive reading students are classified as part of the “lowest 30%”, according to their ELA FSA score from Spring 2018, meaning I have the lowest of the low at our school. These students need all the extra support and time they can using the online programs, to improve their FSA ELA scores.

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Technology Today, Readers Tomorrow

School:
Emerald Coast Middle School 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Amanda Pacheco 
Students Impacted:
101 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 1, 2018

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $925.00

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Goal

My goal is to have more classroom laptops to help my students achieve their goals and increase their reading abilities as shown by FSA and STAR assessment scores.

This year in my intensive reading classes, my students are continuing their work with the online reading program Achieve 3000. Achieve3000 allows students to work on their “just right level”. This program allows practice with writing skills, vocabulary practice as well as reading comprehension questions that aligns perfectly to English Language Arts (ELA) Florida State Standards, for each of the three grade levels I teach and the ELL standards. This research based program allows me to differentiate their instruction, by choosing articles based on skill weaknesses and topics that are interesting to them. I also can assign articles based on which Florida State ELA Standard I wish my students to work on. My students in the past to show great grains on STAR assessment as well as FSA because of the use of Achieve3000.

Currently I have 72 students in my intensive reading classes and 29 in Critical Thinking. 32% of these students are ELL students, some of which speak little to no English. 21% of my students are classified ESE or have a 504 plan, having extra computers in my room will allow me to help meet these students’ accommodations and differentiate their instructional needs. All 72 of my intensive reading students are classified as part of the “lowest 30%”, according to their ELA FSA score from Spring 2018, meaning I have the lowest of the low at our school. These students need all the extra support and time they can using the online programs, to improve their FSA ELA scores.  

 

What will be done with my students

My students will work on Achieve 3000 articles that are individualized to appropriately challenge each student at or above his or her reading level. The progress between classes is tracked on a goal wall chart highlighting which students are making the most growth. With 5 more laptops, almost every student will have their own. The 2-5 students left over in each class will work in a small group with me on a rotation schedule with the other students. This allows me to plan for the interests of the small group, build relationships with my learners, and assess each child's every changing strengths and struggles. The majority of intensive reading students struggle with behavior as well because, let's face it, they don't like to read! Being able to engage them fully with an interactive online program and classroom competition will make my small group time even more effective.

In order to help my students succeed and to improve their reading skills we could really use more classroom laptops. The laptops would not only allow students extra time with the online reading programs, it would also allow me to work with smaller groups while the other students are working online. Working in small groups allows me to differentiate instruction to fit their needs and improve upon their weaknesses. Using Achive3000 has allowed me to set goals for my students. We are currently working on a class completion, which motivates students to try harder, while in turn improves their reading skills.

Having these laptops would also allow me to help those ELL students who need help improve their English skills. English. Our district has access to the amazing online program Rosetta Stone, which has allowed students to learn English at their own pace. While groups are working online to master English, I can also work one-on-one or in small groups to help my ELL students with English phonics and vocabulary.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefit of having 5 additional classroom laptops will allow me to have 5 more students actively engaged on online reading programs that strengthen their reading and comprehension and in return allow me to work with smaller groups, which will help improve student’s reading scores and achievement. These students are more confident working at their individual reading levels on the computer because the other students cannot tell which level they are working on. While students are working online, I can give more detailed attention to my small group lessons. Having five extra students engaged with the online reading program allows me to work with smaller independent groups that are focused on their weak skills. These laptops will benefit all of my students this year and for many years to come.

 

 

Budget Narrative

I am requesting FIVE laptops at $185 each:

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)

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)

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)

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)

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) n & 

 

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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