Coppell Middle School East seventh graders have combined their passion for helping deliver clean water with the power of technology to create books on donated iPads to students in Sudan as part of a student-driven learning project.
Each year, Jodie Deinhammer, a science teacher at CMS East has her students choose one of the United Nations Sustainable Goals to focus on for the year. For the past two years, students have chosen to focus on clean water and sanitation. After reading the book, “A Long Walk to Water,” Deinhammer’s students, along with students from fellow science teacher Sarah Grover’s classes, worked to raise money for clean water in the Sudan via Water is Basic.
“After raising money to repair six wells in the Sudan, we decided we wanted to do more,” Deinhammer said. “We were able to obtain six donated iPads with cases and chargers for each of the schools where we repaired the wells. Now, not only are we providing clean water to 12,000 people, we are helping in the education programs at their schools.”
CMS East students wrote books covering concepts and topics they learned throughout the school year. They also recorded quick video introductions and welcome messages for the schools receiving the devices. These books were published and loaded onto the iPads, which arrived at the school in Sudan on May 23.
“None of this would be possible without the iPad,” Deinhammer said. “Our students were able to record and share learning materials with the students in Sudan via these devices. We also expect the Sudan students to record and share information with us as well. This will be an ongoing relationship, allowing us to share and learn from each other using the power of technology.”