Screen time is a difficult topic for many parents. What has been “Don’t watch so much TV!” in the past is now “No iPad at the dinner table”.
While many people might think kids’ screen time is in general a waste of time with playing useless games or just watching cartoons, tablets can also be a studying tool. In this case to learn how to use video and audio programmes..
TechSpaghetti primary classroom programmes are created for 6 to 12 year olds.
The home programmes are browser-based. With children independently taking charge of their learning and sharing the products, they create with friends and family. TechSpaghetti also has school programmes that are delivered via a virtual Co-Teacher interactive video which leaves the classroom teacher free to facilitate and support individual learning needs.
Leah Hinton, Co-founder at TechSpaghetti, developed the interactive and engaging programme while working as a Digital Arts teacher at an international school in Berlin.
She saw that children were extremely interested in screens and realized the potential of technology as a delivery tool for learning and creativity. Realizing that, she wanted to find a way to teach children how to use technology to express themselves in a creative way and to develop new skills.
“Nobody knows what the future will hold for children growing up today, but what we do know is that it will be different. The very nature of work is changing rapidly – a lot of the careers that we are trying to prepare children for don’t yet exist. We need to arm kids with much more than just content. We need to build creative, inquiring, life long-learners that can think independently, solve problems and use technology to communicate,” explains Hinton’s Co-Founder Elliot Tabachnik.
Children are excited to create something like a video or audio piece. Showing it to their friends and family makes them proud and allows them to continue to develop additional skills.
“In school, children come to me, asking me to present their work in class because they are so proud of it,” Hinton says. She underlines that once kids understand the basics, they wanted to explore the opportunities the medium gives them instead of seeing it as a finished task and losing interest.
TechSpaghetti is currently being tested in an international school in Berlin and will work to launch in the US and UK soon in 2014. Both founders agree that the next country will be Germany. A subscription and in-app purchases model seem most useful for this type of business, Tabachnik explains.