When you love another person, you don’t try to change them. You support them in reaching their full potential while accepting them as they are.
I’m a parent, and I’m not perfect. My ideas about how my kids should be learning don’t always fit who they are. I grew up reading paper books and going to the library to do research. My children, however, are the opposite. They are growing up as digital natives.
It frustrates me that my kids waste time online watching cat videos and Minecraft tutorials. Yet, I often tend to overlook the fact that they have also learned so many things online. They have used online tutorials to learn how to make Greek omelets, improve their soccer game, and also to gain exposure to different viewpoints on recent news. They are adapting their learning style based on how they prefer to access information.
We adults are less productive at work when we are treated like just another cog in the wheel. Yet, we often expect that our kids will do well in a one size fit all kind of way. The key to motivating kids is to allow them to pursue topics that interest them. People who are intrinsically-motivated are who often end up changing the world for the better. Steve Jobs changed the world because he wasn’t afraid to follow his interests.
“Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.” – Steve Jobs, 2005
eBook reading platforms like READynamic open up a potential that we never had in the past – allowing us to offer children customized learning opportunities.
With our eBook learning platform READynamic, it is possible to determine:
- The type of books a student enjoys reading the most
- Which reading assignments lead to the best performance
- What reading level a student is at
- The problems a student is experiencing with comprehension
- What topics a student finds the most interesting
When thinking of new ways to engage their students, READynamic may be just the tool schools are looking for. With a rich, interactive user experience that encourages collaboration, you can create a modern learning experience for your students. I’m looking forward to a future with more customized assessments and learning.