The insights presented in Outliers motivates us to action and provides the foundation of this summer's social experiment: Using Kindera to Continue Summertime Learning.
At Kindera, we believe the single greatest advantage our kids have, over our own youth, is that they are growing up in the 21st century. Our kids are surrounded by technology and have the entirety of human knowledge instantly available. To them, technology is ubiquitous and they'll never know a world where access to information was in anyway difficult to acquire. The power and influence of technology is strange and scary to us as parents because we remember a world before the Internet. We also tend to romanticize our simpler times and wish our children would willingly seek out the kinds of fun we enjoyed during our summer breaks.
It's a cognitive defect that on one hand we recognize the tremendous advantages our kids enjoy growing up in the digital age while lamenting the fact that our kids too readily exploit this benefit: Yay for Tech! Stop using that Tech!
As Kindera parents we already know that our goal is really about achieving a healthy balance. The fact that we use Kindera to teach and support our young kids is an acknowledgement that we want our kids use the Internet. We've already silenced the Luddite voice in our heads. We are helping our kids prepare for the world they'll inherit. The balance we seek is most often about replacing the mind numbing hours of YouTube video with more exercise and learning opportunities.
In the first part of this series we focused on outdoor play and we still believe there is great value in unstructured summertime activity in pursuit of outdoor fun. But we also know that summer vacations cause harm when learning stops for our children. So this summer we are Homeschooling our kids: Homeschooling with Kindera!
The three goals for this program: Encourage outdoor play and exercise, Teach responsibility, and Continue their education. And we have a trick up our sleeve. We will use their love of technology to our advantage.
Homeschooling in the digital age could not be simpler. Just as our kids enjoy living in the 21st century we too find that the world's knowledge is close at hand. There are many online self directed learning resources to choose from:
Using Kindera, here's how it works:
The important thing to see here is that we allow for balance. Summer vacations can be fun too. That's why we remove the restrictions on weekends and outside the learning hours. Kindera is a great productivity tool for focusing attention and granting rewards for hard work.