Fall 2007 Issue

Technologically Advanced

The Barry University School of Education’s Migrant Education program received an IBM software donation that is helping promote literacy and increase educational opportunities among migrant farmers and their families in Homestead.

The software, known as Reading Companion, was developed by IBM for the sole purpose of educating students and their families in the areas of literacy, pronunciation, vocabulary and English. Worth an estimated $10,000, this software is being used by Barry at the South Dade Farm Worker Housing Center in Homestead. Barry was personally invited by IBM to apply for the software donation and is the only college/university in South Florida to receive it.

Some 45 families in Homestead are benefiting from this technology, which is also helping to prepare parents and young adults to earn their GED, learn English and promote parent and child shared learning.