“We have one program called Grass Kids. Kids have to read books online. As they read, the teacher can keep track of what they’re reading and their progress. If [the students] don’t have a computer or tablet at home, they fall behind the other kids, and teachers can’t track them. It’s easier for teachers and students to have everything on the computer. Grass Kids has specific books for each level, and is interactive, including game-like incentives for progressing. Students who don’t have Internet and a computer at home end up going to the library, which is overcrowded and understaffed, and don’t have the time to wait for a computer so they pick out their own book which is not necessarily tailored to their literacy level like the online program.
I want to show the parents that they can have this at home. Kids can use the computer to read and learn, not just to go on youtube.”
Sulay Tapia, PS330Q Parent Coordinator