Tutoring using a computer

June 8, 2012 2:15:18 PM PDT
Tutors on your computers When you ask eight-year -old T'Darius Reed about his favorite subject in school, he will tell you science.

But it was his least favorite subject that got him to the woman on the other side of a computer screen. That woman is Miss Lillian Bittaye.

"From being in the classroom, I found that there were children who still weren't meeting the standards and could use some extra help," she said.

That extra help came in the form of a webcam, allowing her to tutor via computer.

"It's fascinating to them when they realize it. It's like they're on TV to them," she said.

Bittaye's teaching software is herself. During the one hour lesson, she helps with everything from math to reading.

According to the Center on Education Policy, 48 percent of the nation's 100-thousand public schools were labeled as failing year.

"We gotta find other ways, better ways, different ways of being able to continue to capture their interest and to keep them learning," Bittaye said.

With the help of sponsors, she's able to buy and install webcams for students that can't afford them.

"I truly believe that no child should be left behind but if we don't get behind them and keep pushing, we are going to lose a whole lot of them," she said.

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