Over the past year I have heard a lot about the website www.donorschoose.org, where their tag-line reads “Teachers ask. You choose. Students Learn” It’s a great website where teachers can create their own project proposal that includes what resources will be needed and donors can log on and fund the technology needed in classrooms across the nation.
I couldn’t have been more excited to learn that one of our very own DEN STARs, Martha Rougeux, had her “Lights, Camera, Education: Going Green with Digital Media” $578 project fully funded in a month!
Here’s a brief excerpt from her submission:
“The next Steven Spielberg and Rachel Carson are sitting in my classroom disguised as twelve year olds from the projects…. Half of my students are bilingual and one-third receive special education support… All of my students are gifted, they just don’t recognize the fact… They are digital natives and technology is the language they speak fluently, read perfectly, and communicate in with ease. So I try to engage them daily through the integration of technology into my instruction. Whether it is streaming a video segment from the Internet or flying around the world in Google Earth, my students are engaged when I speak their language”
Martha goes on to describe how the AFI curriculum found on Discovery streaming will help engage her students by utilizing technology to build upon their language arts and science skills. To complete her project she needed 4 digital video cameras… and now she has them!
After you watch that… log on to donorschoose.org and create your own submission… be creative and innovative and let us know how it turns out!
Congratulations to Mrs. Rougeux and all of her hardworking students! We can’t wait to see their projects!