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A day does not go by when I hear about a new educational platform. Apps, videos, unique platforms, Facebook additions you name it you can find it. They are available at every level from pre-school to college. Their courses vary as well, one thing that does not vary is the lack of diversity. Sigh not that again! Yes that thing again.

As MOOCs and other online educational resources become available, more Latino students are entering college. A recent study shows that Hispanic high school graduates are enrolling in college at a rate higher than their white counterparts. Data also shows that these students tend to face challenges completing college. And another study from 2011 shows that Latino students who take online classes are less likely to pass those classes and earned lower grades than Latino students who took comparable face-to-face (traditional) courses. Additionally, Latino students lag further behind the performance of white students in online courses. This could pose a problem for the growing Latino college student population.

Yes I can learn to code from anyone. A White man or Trans African American Lesbian. As long as they know how to teach I will learn. Pero if you are a kid and you are looking for mentors then well chances are you are only going to find the White Guy. So as more Latino enrolling in college what is out there to get some pattern recognition?  Enter one of our heroes Emerson Malca.

When it comes to peer interaction, a 2010 computer San Francisco State computer engineering graduate from Peru, Emerson Malca is leading the way. He and his company, Luma Education, developed StudyRoom to recreate the classroom collaborative experience online. Just a few years ago when he was taking classes, he found himself taking pictures of the white board with his iPhone to refer back to when he was studying. Malca wondered why his professors used 1990s technology in the classroom when more up to date tools were available.

Is it because we as a community want or need more interaction? We need to be asked questions that triggers our verbal cultural learning methodology. Perhaps Mr. Malca has come up with a methodology to bring study groups in to the 21st century.

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About The Author

Deldelp Medina is the founder and CEO of MyPio Corp. a mobile to web SaaS application for Childcare workers and the families they serve. She has spent over 10 years working with the Latino community in the tech, arts, humanities, non-profit, and social justice fields. Asking big questions is a passion; she is now driven to bring that passion to a larger audience.

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