iPads a New Tool for East Moline/Silvis Schools

May 19, 2017

Some teachers in East Moline and Silvis will team up with iPads to teach their students English next year.

That's thanks to "Literacy is Everyone's Problem," a campaign by the Rotary Club of East Moline/Silvis that aims to donate 60 iPads to six of the area's schools.

Terry Westbrook is President of the Club.

"This is really an outgrowth of hearing school superintendents talk about the large number of non-English speaking students in those schools. You can find an application that speaks the language, and can translate it to where they can do their lessons in both languages, with the attempt of getting everything bridged over to English."

According to Westbrook 28 different languages are spoken in the East Moline and Silvis schools.

He says the club needs to raise $52,000 to buy the iPads, which will be shared among 380 third-graders at six schools.