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E-Learning Simplified.

A simplistic E-Learning app/website that is fun and engaging for younger students.

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  • Student

Tell us about your idea

As a highschooler, my parents were lucky that I could independently manage my e-learning schedule.  But I have imagined what it would be like for my parents if I was a few years younger.  My parents would have to spend multiple hours "feeding" the school work to my sister and me everyday.  For many parents the task of e-learning is daunting and many people let education take a back seat.  For other families where both parents are working from home all day, or they are essential workers, spending this one-on-one time with their kids is impossible.  I think that a simple and easy to navigate application should be created that is very kid friendly.  Through this application, teachers can provide video lessons and activities.  Kids can also "raise their hand" and the teacher can easily join a video call with them to answer what questions they have.  On the teacher's side of the application, it should be very easy to use as some teachers may not be as tech-savvy as others.  But also it is very time consuming for the teachers to plan out these large e-learning sessions for their students.  To counteract this problem, teachers can upload lessons about different subjects for other teachers to use.  This can help teachers plan out their lessons faster and more efficiently.  

In conclusion, the main points are;

- Kid friendly, interactive app

- Easy interface for teachers to create lessons

- teachers can use lessons created by other teachers

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I think that for my topic what we want to minimise is the amount of intervension the parents need to do and make the kids more independent.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

My name is Kian Sullivan, I'm a freshman at Glenbrook North High School.  I do gymnastics competitively, but that is currently being put on pause due to injuries and the pandemic.  I wanted to share what I saw were the issues in e-learning and also wanted to express which group of students should be targeted.  I think that high school and middle school students can manage e-learning with the resources they have already so I think the focus should be more on the younger students.  

I wanted to share this idea because I have heard from others that E-learning for younger kids is difficult because of their shorter attention spans and the amount of effort the parents have to do to help them learn.  By making it more interactive and fun for the kids, it reduces the amount of intervention the parent has to do.  

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in Northbrook, a suburb of Chicago.


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Hi Kian. Your idea reflects good thinking so thank you for sharing it. Your point about the intervention that parents need to make is a key problem. I am wondering if you have any specific ideas about what the app for young people would look like so that young learners would be engaged for longer periods of time.

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