Printing Without Sobbing – Robots and Building Writing Readiness Skills

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  • My Class Needs Technology or mini Robots (Spheros). to teach coding and enhance writing skills.

    Launched September 14th, 2017 Project Deadline January 10th, 2018
    Classroom Size 60 Students School Size 426 Students

    My Students

    My 50 inner-city school students are intensely curious about the world around them. They are sponges when it comes to technology. While working on reading skills, students will simultaneously be building their digital literacy skills. Sphero’s will also help students to use interactive technology to build these important skills. My students learn best through play and a hands-on approach. They are interested in technology. I believe all students should have an opportunity to access programming skills at a young age. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Literacy, and passion based or inquiry based learning are areas in which my students excel.

    How will this project impact them?

    Without a doubt children learn best via what interests them. Play and technology, more specifically, Sphero Sprk +. These robots will be used to help learn letters and print words. Lessons will progress using an i-pad app (which we have). Mini robots (Spheros) that will help address letter and number recognition as well as capital and number formation. These hands-on activities and lessons will integrate many important language arts skills. More advanced students will use the robots for cursive writing which is a dying art in many elementary schools. Many of the memorable activities will be used for strategies for identifying and remediating students’ writing. At the core of these lessons will be maneuvering a mini-robot and simple coding skills. Students learn best by being engaged. The robots will help set a strong foundation for building reading and coding success. They in the process will also realize alternative career paths for the future.

  • Where the $1415.78 goes


    Sphero SPRK+


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    $149.95 x 6 = $899.70
    Shipping & Handling $134.95
    Provincial and Federal Taxes $107.97
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $15.79
    Project cost excluding donation to support $1,203.41
    Optional donation to support *** $212.37
    Project cost including donation to support $1,415.78
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    Still needed $1,415.78

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the physical costs of processing teacher and student thank-you letters and pictures, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

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    *** Optional Donation: An optional donation to support MyClassNeeds which is calculated at 15% of the project’s price tag. The optional contribution supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. To do that we need a world- class website supported by strong business systems and processes that improve over time.

    Disclaimer: MyClassNeeds (MCN ) is the charitable affiliate of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC). MCN and CSC do not endorse or promote any particular supplier, product, or service requested by the teachers through our online crowdfunding platform. MCN assesses every project to ensure that the requested resources represent the most economical and impactful approach to enriching students’ learning experience.

    MCN will contact the school administrator associated with the specific project and ensure that the administrator has given approval to the project to go ahead and that the resources requested meet the fundraising guidelines within their province, board or district and school.

    MCN will seek competitive prices from various suppliers to ensure the best possible price for the materials and services. Where available, MCN may (at our discretion) suggest lower-cost alternatives that may accomplish the same project goals. Our suggestion of an alternate option is not an endorsement by either MCN or CSC of the supplier, product or service and the final decision on the choice of resource is made by the teacher(s) themselves.

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by Ms. Frost

I am an unconventional, fun loving, kindergarten teacher who teaches approximately 50 inner-city students. I have taught in the U.S. as well as Canada and have 24 years of experience at this level. I have taught in West Vancouver, New York and where my heart resides, Harold Bishop Eleme...

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