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Qmod: CuratedKits

CuratedKits is an easy way for parents to discover educational material for their children that align with regional curriculum standards.

Photo of Dana Cannam
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I am a.....

  • Teacher
  • Product developer

Tell us about your idea

When considering educational activities for their children, parents have a number of options to choose from including books, flashcards, apps, subscription boxes etc. When considering at-home learning experiences, how do parents ensure their children receive the right material that align with regional educational standards?

CuratedKits offers an online service to match educational activities with local school curriculums so parents can easily select subscription packages based on their children's learning requirements. These curated packages will include a selection of educational content, materials, technology and challenges supported by online content for an engaging at-home learning experience. Parents will also have the ability to connect with other parents, teachers and learning experts to share their experiences as part of a larger distance learning community. 

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

The lack of understanding parents face when navigating educational resources for their children must be left in the past. 21st. Century learning is becoming an international standard in schools today, and unfortunately, learning objectives for students are confusing to parents who have little to no experience with this new paradigm. When considering educational activities for the home, parents need to understand new trends in educational technology in context with what is being taught in the classroom. This is crucial in keeping children up to speed with regional and national educational standards, especially those who are unable to access private enrichment programs or have been left behind in outdated distance learning situations.

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

I've been a product developer for 10 years creating 21st Century tools for teachers and engaging learning experiences for students. These experiences emerged from makerspaces in the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico and South Africa, working with children, educators and parents to learn concepts about sustainable energy in a hands-on and memorable way.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Two years ago I moved from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Vancouver Island (Canada). I began working with teachers, educational technology communities and parents to address educational needs currently facing the province of BC and the lack of material offered to children being educated from home. In addition to this, I still work with educational organizations in the Netherlands and consider them part of my community as well.


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Photo of Karen Sorensen

Hi Dana-- Great contribution. One question who would pay for the kits? The parents, school, or a nonprofit? I really like this idea. Thank you Karen

Photo of Dana Cannam

Hi Karen, thank you for the kind words.

The idea behind the concept is that parents would pay for the kits themselves. The goal is to empower parents who are interested in providing valuable educational experiences for their children at home.