- School:
- West Defuniak Elementary
- Subject:
- STEM Education
- Teacher:
- Jordan Dady
- Students Impacted:
- 18
- Grade:
- 1
- Date:
- October 2, 2018

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CHELCO - $997.00

I am requesting the funds to purchase two (2) laptops (Dell Latitude 3189) and one (1) Apple iPad 9.7 inch tablet. By adding additional technological resources to my classroom, I hope to give my students additional time to practice key mathematical concepts through programs such as XtraMath, Zearn and Compass Learning. To obtain a baseline of each student’s skill level at the beginning of the year, students are required to take the STAR Math Assessment. Two of the core standard clusters in first grade are MAFS.1.NBT.1 (extend the counting sequence) and MAFS.1.OA.3 (add and subtract within 20). Based on this first assessment, 2/18 (11%) students showed mastery for MAFS.1.NBT.1 and 4/18 (22%) students showed mastery for MAFS.1.OA.3. My goal for this year is to increase the number of students showing mastery of the two aforementioned standards to at least 50% (9/18 students).

Number of Students Impacted: 18

In my classroom, students are given ample opportunities to work with and interact with different forms of technology For example: during small group rotations, after the student has finished a class assignment, during morning work time, etc. In an ever evolving educational world of technology, computer skills are a MUST for students. When students enter my classroom each morning, one of their first assignments is to complete their daily math fact practice using XtraMath. This program allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts daily. This program specifically correlates to MAFS.1.OA.3 and helps students strengthen their ability to quickly and fluently solve grade-level appropriate math facts.

In addition to XtraMath, students are also expected to complete 40 minutes of Compass/Pathblazer per week, focusing on math skills. Not only will students practice activities based on MAFS.1.NBT.1, they will also be presented with many other standards based activities. Based on the results of each student’s STAR Math Assessment, this program generates an individualized instructional “path” that will allow students to practice in the areas of academic weaknesses specific to his/her needs. With the addition of more technology, more students will be given the opportunity to practice and increase their likelihood of mastering concepts that were once a struggle.

Zearn is a math program that gives students an extra opportunity to practice specific skills and problem solving strategies such as number bonds, “counting on,” tape diagrams, etc. These types of strategies help students apply their knowledge of numbers and numerical equations to real life story problems. Daily practice with this program will help students understand the importance of being able to solve word problems and applying their knowledge to the world around them. Students that need additional practice will be able to utilize this program on a daily basis after our whole group math block has concluded.

My current class is made up of 11 girls and 7 boys, 3 of which are ELLs (English Language Learners) and 2 of which are repeaters. Adding the devices to my classroom would positively impact all 18 of my students. Each student would be able to interact with a device when rotating through small group instruction. I plan to continue utilizing these extremely beneficial math programs in my classroom in the years to come, so all of my future students will also benefit from having these devices. Future class sizes can range from 18-21 students, per year.

Students’ mastery of standards will be measured by the STAR Math Assessment which is given three times per year with the final assessment given in April 2019. This assessment schedule is the same for all students except for students that fall in the lowest 25% achievement bracket. Students in this bracket will be given the opportunity to take the assessment four times per year. Since my goal focuses on two specific math standard clusters, I will be using the State Standards – Class Report to analyze the data provided after each STAR Math assessment. After rigorous whole group instruction and individualized practice on devices, I expect at least 50% (9/18) of my students to show mastery of standards MAFS.1.OA.3 and MAFS.1.NBT.1.

Two approved laptops (style Dell Latitude 3189) and one approved Apple iPad 9.7 inch tablet have been requested to implement additional math practice and instruction. The laptops can be purchased through the Walton County School District for $299.00 each, totaling $598.00. The iPad can also be purchased through the Walton County School District for $399.00 making the grand total for all three devices $997.00 plus shipping and handling.

# | Item | Cost |
---|---|---|

1 | Dell Latitude 3189 | $299.00 |

2 | Dell Latitude 3189 | $299.00 |

3 | Apple iPad 9.7 inch tablet | $399.00 |

Total: | $997.00 |

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