I teach at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, FL. Jackson is an old, urban, inner-city high school. Over 73% of our school population is on free/reduced lunch. My classroom is in need of a great makeover. Most importantly, my students need greater access to technology. I only have four computers and an outdated projector. District and state funding sources are limited to upgrade to the necessary tools and purchase instructional materials.
The biggest divide in our education system is not the achievement gap, but the ever widening digital divide. Many of my students do not have desktops, laptops, or tablets in their homes. Local libraries close early. Students in the Jackson community are left with little to no options to get internet access for studying, research, and developing skills for postsecondary education and/or the workforce.
With the funds we will be able to purchase:
- 30 Google Chromebooks
- 30 Steelcase Node desks
- 7 Magnetic Dry Erase Boards (because we still have chalkboards in our room)
- 1 Laptop Cart
- 1 Eno One Interactive Board
- 1 Classroom Amplification System
- 1 yr subscription of Achieve 3000
- 1 yr subscription of AVID Weekly
- 1 yr subscription of Safari Montage
New schools are being built where classrooms are equipped with more stuff and instructional resources than listed above. This is bare necessity for my Geography and Advanced Placement students.
Let's work together to flip an old, urban, inner-city classroom with modern tools to impact student achievement.