Thanks to YouTube and school apps, parents can keep an eye on what their child is learning.
Elementary School Online Learning Games Where Parents Can See What Kids Have Accomplished
A collaboration between Everyday Hero, a non-profit that’s dedicated to creating innovative solutions that improve quality of life and establish education as a foundation for healthy, productive adulthood, and Cofounder and CEO of iUniverse, known for developing virtual tutoring, mentoring, and education products, Ivo Savoca, has designed Innerspace, a community-driven learning application.
The idea for Innerspace came as a reaction to how often parents in the United States had the same questions about how their children were doing at school. There was no easy way to glean such information for a period of 30 minutes or less, as they were not always available to answer.
If such information was not provided, Savoca said, parents were on their own.
“I realized that if you were looking to better your child’s grade, you needed to know what they were learning at that time. You needed a school-based, digital way to access this information,” Savoca said.
The terms “digital learning” and “education” were raised in social media, referring to experiences with using apps. In 2015, at an event titled “Online learning,” a trend Ivo would see many parents ask: “How do I access online learning for my children?”
He asked himself why parents only ask when they have an extra 30 minutes of their day and were unable to collect any information by requesting it in person. He realized that all parents are looking for, even the naysayers, is the answer to something they are curious about their child.
“After that, I realized that everyone needs this information. The parents are the ultimate user, but they do not have access to this information. That was the first step that got us to the realization that this is an open, social, supportive, safe space for students of all levels from all over the world.”
For schools in developing countries, it would be beneficial to have evidence on the results of community-based learning, Savoca explained.
“We help schools create centers, not learning centers, where teachers and administrators collect educational and cultural knowledge. They collect questions, analyze what their children have studied, discuss the results, support the kids with rewards for their knowledge,” he said.
For the parents, it would provide information for determining whether their children should take something else.
“The internet is now a tool that allows access to highly-effective educational content,” Savoca said. “While there is a lot of educational content in the Internet, most of it is aimed at a child by a teacher at the school level. We have the utmost respect for teachers, but we want to help them be more effective.”
Parents are the ultimate user, but they do not have access to this information. That was the first step that got us to the realization that this is an open, social, supportive, safe space for students of all levels from all over the world.
For parents who want to get up to speed on the Innerspace community, an all-inclusive report card system will be introduced in the near future. This system will allow parents to see what their children have learned at any given time. They will be able to link to particular topics and compare what has been accomplished so far.
Savoca continued: “We want to create a system where every student not only can do well on tests but be motivated by these academic achievements. A student could be from a bad neighbourhood, poor background, but can do very well on this platform. This is our mission: to make every student learn and grow using this platform, before our core user group will want us to expand this process into their regions.”
Is Innerspace making a difference?
The proof will be in the numbers. The tool will not only help students meet their deadlines, but it is also used for mentoring and training others, and it is an educational community.
“Academic programs need the right resources. It is not enough just to have standards in place,” Savoca continued. “As our leader said, we want to help schools implement the best way to ensure that we provide the right resources to create the right outcomes.”