Monthly Archives: September 2012

Private Beta is Underway!

Read With Me is excited to announce that our app is currently in private Beta, signing up new users daily. Over the summer we sent out a few feelers to teacher communities like Edmodo, and relied on word of mouth, Twitter, and other media to pull together a good number of folks interested in pioneering out app.

With the start of the new year, we knew we had to launch and show off all the work we’ve been doing. Our app is far from finished, but we believe we have a field-tested tool now that can function in a classroom. The only problem is that for the most part it has been only the development team, or folks under the supervision of the development team that have used it. Now it is time for complete newbies to have a crack at it, and tell us which  features really work and which should walk quietly into the shadows.

Over the next few weeks we will be adding more users from our growing list of folks who asked to try it out. If you already requested and are eager to try it but have not heard back, please shoot us an email. If not, we’ll get to you soon enough.

FYI: Even though we are technically running a private Beta release, teachers, parents and anyone can still request an invite by going to: readwithmeapp.com/participate 

If everything works out, you most probably will get one while we are still developing the full version and if you are willing to work with us on making it better.

 

Why Read With Me?

Just yesterday morning a student of mine, Luis Duenas Hernandez, was shot in the chest while sleeping in his East Oakland residence.

While this is not the first time a student has been shot, and while those shootings are just as tragic, this is the first time one of my scholars and babies has been shot.

You may ask “Why post this story here?”

Well, because this is one of the students I do what I do, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.  Those aren’t just some generic vows, those are values that anyone working with love in their hearts sees to it they uphold.

My team and I want to send him and his family all the love and tenderness to give in these difficult times.  Please help me by keeping him and family in your hearts and minds as you undertake the sometimes thankless job of helping raise the next generation.