SEMILLA Teaching Fellows from the Graduate School of Education, Counseling and Psychology work with professor Marco Bravo to provide tutoring lessons for mothers who tutor their own children using IPads. This program serves prek-5th grade students.
The iPad Tutoring Program, also known as "Abriendo Caminos", is a collaborative effort of faculty, graduate students in the department of Education at Santa Clara University, and community parents to promote literacy development of young learners and better prepare them for school expectations using iPad technology. The project involves sessions over 3 months where parents are introduced to new approaches in utilizing technology to build the numeracy and literacy of children between the ages of 3-5. Parents were familiarized with the use of Spanish Applications (Apps) on iPads to strengthen both language and math skills throughout joint sessions alongside researchers and faculty. Together they reviewed and identified the best Apps that could provide development in Spanish literacy for young learners. The goal is that the parents can feel empowered to be co-educators in supporting the school readiness of their children through the use of technology at home. We continue to provide Saturday sessions for parents and downloading Apps for them to use with their children.