Location: KIPP Raices Academy, East Los Angeles, CA
Demographics: 98% Latino, 1% African-American, 1% Other, 91% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
Project Description: Mr. Echeverria’s third grade class was fortunate enough to be granted a class set of new Google Chromebooks. This has allowed them to incorporate Common Core collaborative learning, utilize new software, and learn vital technology skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century. The current challenge Mr. Echeverria faces with these powerful learning tools is keeping them charged and secure. Currently, the laptops are placed in an unlocked cabinet with one power strip charging a few at a time. In order to fix this, RIOT will assist in purchasing a laptop cart to ensure that no instructional time is lost due to a dead laptop battery. Additionally, this project will protect the equipment so that future students in Mr. Echeverria's class can also have opportunities to build 21st century learning skills.
RIOT Funding: We will be providing a minimum of $300.00 to help fund the cost of purchasing the laptop cart.
Inspiration Behind Design: We are living in an age where technology is all around us. It's ubiquitous nature has shifted concerns of digital inequality from access to use. For years now, researchers have argued that beyond differences in access to information and communication technologies, differential uses also have the potential to contribute to social inequality. As such, many studies have found that children from higher socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to experience educational gains from home computer and Internet use than others.
The design, "Grounded in Technology" depicts a tree with a variety of technology icons. The tree's roots, composed of computer cables, dig deep into the earth's soil to establish a strong foundation for the tree to grow upon. The purpose of this grant is to establish a strong foundation of digital literacy skills so that students from low-income communities can meaningfully and effectively use technology in order to academically compete with their affluent peers.