Technology and Family Literacy
Submitted by Paul Rogers on February 5, 2019 - 9:50am
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Below is a letter I sent to the director of STARFALL, an online lilteracy program for kids. Pumarosa is a non-profit educational program of Starfall,.
This is just a quick note to give an update on how Starfall and Pumarosa work well as a "family literacy" program.
I teach in a library in a Latino community, and most of my students are working mothers. Many of them have computers in their homes - which they don't use.Their teen-age kids use them!
As they learn English on pumarosa, they gain confidence and begin to use their computer at home more.
A big problem has always been the frustration that immigrant mothers face when they cannot help their small children learn English at home.
About 6 months ago I showed everybody how to access Starfall. At first I tiought it would help them with pronunciation and reading. But actually they all liked it a lot, and several told me that they were using it with their kids at home!
This is very important to them because they feel embarrassed when their kids have to help them with English. But with Pumarosa and Starfall these mothers feel much more confident and actively involved with their children's education.
Another note: I use the smart phone as an educational tool, and it helps a great deal to provide lessons to working adults. Years ago they coined the term "Bridging the Digital Divide" - well now it is a reality.