Walton Education Foundation

Seventh graders in the state of Florida are expected to type a non-fiction essay with a two-hour time limit. This includes reading up to three grade level appropriate texts, creating a planning page of ideas, and typing the multiple paragraph essay. Results of an August 2018 survey showed 80% of our students do not feel comfortable typing a paragraph online with a time limit. With this grant, students would develop 21st century test taking skills. Our goal is to have 100% of students prepared for their online writing assessment in May 2019. To accomplish this goal, we would like to get five laptops to create a flexible work station. This workstation could include five students working on a digital text program, students partnered to create an essay, ELL students working with digital dictionaries for cognates, ESE students working in groups of 3-4 discussing an online text, or small groups of 5-6 students discussing current events. Laptops will provide flexibility for grouping by ability level, accommodations, topics of interest, and English proficiency. With these laptops, our students will utilize a digital device weekly and create exemplary responses online with fluency and proficiency.

Florida State Standards addressed by this grant:
Writing 2.6 Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
Writing 3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; asses the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Writing 4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences.
Speaking and Listening 2.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Reading 3.7 Compare and contrast a text on audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g.: how the delivery of a speech affects the impacts of the words)
Language 3.4 Consult general and specialized reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

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Tech for Tweens

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School:
Emerald Coast Middle School 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Lisa Burns 
 
BJ Hakanson 
Students Impacted:
200 
Grade:
Date:
October 2, 2018

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $1,495.00

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Goal

Seventh graders in the state of Florida are expected to type a non-fiction essay with a two-hour time limit. This includes reading up to three grade level appropriate texts, creating a planning page of ideas, and typing the multiple paragraph essay. Results of an August 2018 survey showed 80% of our students do not feel comfortable typing a paragraph online with a time limit. With this grant, students would develop 21st century test taking skills. Our goal is to have 100% of students prepared for their online writing assessment in May 2019. To accomplish this goal, we would like to get five laptops to create a flexible work station. This workstation could include five students working on a digital text program, students partnered to create an essay, ELL students working with digital dictionaries for cognates, ESE students working in groups of 3-4 discussing an online text, or small groups of 5-6 students discussing current events. Laptops will provide flexibility for grouping by ability level, accommodations, topics of interest, and English proficiency. With these laptops, our students will utilize a digital device weekly and create exemplary responses online with fluency and proficiency.

Florida State Standards addressed by this grant:
Writing 2.6 Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
Writing 3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; asses the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Writing 4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences.
Speaking and Listening 2.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Reading 3.7 Compare and contrast a text on audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g.: how the delivery of a speech affects the impacts of the words)
Language 3.4 Consult general and specialized reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
 

 

What will be done with my students

List of Activities:
Students will use online text programs (ex: CommonLit.org, ReadWorks, Zinc Reading Lab, Pathblazer) daily to master strategies needed to successfully respond digitally to short response questions on the FSA test:
 Read and respond to digital text to include: fiction, non-fiction text, prose, and current events
 While reading, pause to answer guiding comprehension questions. (One program blocks the rest of the passage so students must focus on chunks of text. They are unable to continue reading the test until they answer a question.)
 Vocabulary development; highlight a word and press the “dictionary” button for instant access to the term’s definition
 Listen to audio text – develop listening skills and English as a Second Language skills
 Have text translated into one of 11 languages
 Type answers on text dependent questions with limited character space

Timeline:
Each ELA student will use a laptop for a minimum of 30 minutes each week. Students will be supervised by the ELA classroom teacher, ELL teacher, or ESE intervention teacher.
 

 

Benefits to my students

These five laptops will help our students develop skills for the Florida State Assessment in May as well as lifelong, real world 21st century technology skills. Our students will be able to decipher relevant digital material independently and be successful in future work environments. Growth will be measured using the performance assessment and evaluation tool provided on the CommonLit.org website. Currently, <50% of the 7th grade students scored Needs Improvement (25% or 1 out possible 4 points) on the short answer question. Our goal is to have >50% of the 7th grade students score a Proficient (75% or 3 out of possible 4 points) by May 2019. In the 2018/2019 school year, this grant would impact 200 students. For the 2019 /2020 school year, this grant would impact approximately 180 students.

 

 

Budget Narrative

Purchase of (5) Dell Latitude Laptops
Model 3189 BTX

Specs: 11.6in – Celeron N3350 – 4 GB RAM - 64 GB eMMC - 11.6" HD IPS 16:9 (1366 x 768) Touch with
Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT – Wireless-AC (TOUCHSCREEN)

Price: $299 each
Quantity: 5
Total: $299 x 5 = $1,495.00
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Dell Latitude 3189 BTX $299.00
2 Dell Latitude 3189 BTX $299.00
3 Dell Latitude 3189 BTX $299.00
4 Dell Latitude 3189 BTX $299.00
5 Dell Latitude 3189 BTX $299.00
  Total: $1,495.00

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