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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Waking up to The New York Times

I must admit that I'm thrilled this morning about today's NY Times Cyberfamilias column -- "On Demand, on Time and for a Fee, an Army of Tutors Appears": http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/fashion/31CYBER.html?ref=personaltech -- Tutor.com is covered in depth in this long, thoughtful article .

The columnist, Michelle Slatalla, does an excellent job of capturing the effect online tutoring can have on a family learning for the first time that what we do (providing expert subject help the minute a child needs it) is possible and we do it thousands of times each day to the extreme satisfaction of parents and students.

This will definitely go a long way to helping us build awareness about online tutoring, and encourage parents and student to try it. Today, the NY Times. Tomorrow, Oprah?!?

George Cigale, gcigale@tutor.com

1 comment:

scl said...

Team up with One Laptop Per Child!

I'm sure you've heard about the OLPC program. As a children and teen librarian (at a large public library), I've seen one of the major barriers to using Tutor.com is lack of computer ownership. That barrier could be overcome by working with the folks at OLPC to provide the laptops to students here in the States. Even in a city as affluent as Seattle, huge numbers of kids and teens have only the libraries's computers to use for their homework. There's tremendous pressure on the public computers. People wait to use them for the one hour per day each of our patron is allowed. Using that hour for Tutor.com, even though we subscribe to the service, is naturally limited. If we could provide students throughout the country with the low-cost, cutting edge technology of theselaptops, the world of online tutoring would open up like never before.
Thanks for your efforts in providing tutoring for so many kids and teens.