Help us provide 2 IPADs for every classroom for reading and interactive learning.
Are Interactive Learning Tools Necessary? - we think so.
WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR:
The past year, our reading specialist has worked with about 20 kids who struggle with reading from 4 years old to 4th grade. Along with other strategies, the kids have learned to use her IPAD for reading programs called RAZ Kids (which to them is a game and they are trying to build up stars to build a robot....but behind all that it is leveled reading practice that also tests comprehension, fluency and gives the teacher the ability to see where the kids struggle).
"One of the fourth graders who really struggled at the beginning started being more motivated in class and seemed to really enjoy reading! " - Adrienne Christian
BENEFITS OF IPADS IN OUR CLASSROOMS:
- Provides students with another way to explore reading
- Provides a way to "play" and learn the skills necessary to read
- Gives students access to other educational websites for other subjects
- Prepares them for using a computer once they move on from our school
- Help keep account for books that are in the library and in various teachers classrooms.
- In a 2008 study of academic achievement for 3rd and 6th grade students in 16 Latin American countries, the Dominican Republic came in dead last in the areas of math, reading and science.
- Dominican Republic Preschool Enrollment is around 32%.
- The Dominican Republic’s public investment in education is 2.3% of their gross domestic product, which ranks 122nd out of 132 countries.
- Around 85% of poor Dominican parents have never completed primary education.
- For every 100 Dominican children entering formal education, only 75 complete grade 4; 63 complete grade 6 and only 52 complete the 8-year primary level. This situation is even worse in rural areas where most schools stop at grade 5.
- The Dominican Republic was ranked 101 out of 177 countries in terms of literacy.
- The Dominican Republic high school enrollment rate is 61%.
- The primary school dropout rate in the Dominican Republic is 14%.
- Only 12% of low-income students who start high school will complete their studies, compared to 62% of those from higher income brackets in the DR. http://dominicandream.org/about/facts