- Parent University participants and instructors
Even parents need a little extra tutoring sometimes — especially when it comes to technology. When participants in Burlington's Parent University received 23 donated iPads from the city's school district, PU manager Ali Dieng sought tech support from Williston-based nonprofit Technology for Tomorrow. Dieng's "students" at PU are mainly New American parents from countries including Angola, Burma, Burundi, China, Guinea and Senegal, and they're seeking the skills and knowledge to become partners in their children's education. Last month, they got a 90-minute session on how to use an iPad from T4T program manager Carly Stine, assisted by interpreters. Stine had hoped to help participants download apps and understand internet safety, but there wasn't time; some participants had to rush off to work or other classes. One Burmese mom, Paw Wah, said she planned to use her newly acquired iPad to check her email, fill out her time sheets from work and call her own parents in Burma. The mother of three said she has her own iPad already, but her kids are often using it to play math games.