RE@L Teen Advisor Sam Shows Us Why Kids Like and Learn From Our Apps!

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Here’s a truism: Kids today are learning differently than the kids in our day. What can we do to help them?

Sam2014Our RE@L Teenage Advisor, Sam, now 14, has been helping us better understand that and why kids (and their teachers and parents) prefer our RE@L apps for effective learning. We’re glad to have Sam on board here at RE@L as one of our occasional video producers, directors and suggestion providers.

Sam helps us see what he helps our viewers see: we can all learn a lot from a young learner who is immersed in this new world of learning and educational technology. Plus, he knows how to create and share his stories. And he’s learning skills which may one day lead him to a very satisfying career.

Sam knows what kids think about learning and the ways they like to learn, because Sam is still a kid. He’s now a freshman in high school. He loves to play football and basketball, likes to explore new ideas on his computer. Most important, he wants to keep learning more skills that will enable him to find and secure the right career in life. He already understands that old adage, “Find the right career and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASam enjoyed technology from the time he was a young boy. He loved to play Mindstorms™ and Minecraft™, learning with his friends how to maximize the results of these open-ended, project-based learning products. Every one of our students is born with a unique set of talents. Our most important goal in K12 is to help each learner maximize his or her gifts.

Watching Sam trying to parcel his time into pursuit of his many interests reminds us of the frequently heard questions from kids and their parents.  How do we prepare kids today for the world of work tomorrow?  Sam definitely has a knack for technology. So, it raises the question for each student: What can I be? A technologist? A coder? A media producer? A designer of the Tools of Tomorrow? There are many unique  questions. Unique answers are needed.

Sam clearly understands how our RE@L Babysitting app not only teaches critical babysitting skills, but he also sees that these jobs we have as kids can often lead to an interesting career as adults, IF the skills we learn, transfer well from now to then. That’s what the RE@L Babysitting, Inc app does so well. Quality learning products like that can lead to a successful business career. After all, setting up a successful babysitting business isn’t a stretch to help make kids become successful business leaders one day.

ipad kidsTake a look at Sam’s most recent video on why RE@L is the right site to visit for quality K12 apps. Why? RE@L listens. It’s what makes RE@L the leader of effective K12 edtech products. Click on the graphic to the right to view Sam’s latest video message. It’s a good one!

Thanks Sam! Keep those messages and video stories coming. We need more kids who can help teachers and schools keep up with the changes. We need more answers on how can we provide more personalized learning in the area of technology. We need more ways to involve these kids in helping develop the lesson plans they need today, ones that not only teach the skills for the jobs for tomorrow, but also help kids see what those new jobs will be, and which careers would be a good fit for them.

Let’s focus on more career exploration, personalized learning, effective tech in K12 classrooms for kids, more tech-prep for teachers who are using these new tools. We need more curriculum that includes tomorrow’s careers.

Yes, we do need more innovation in the classroom. We also need to find more ways to keep kids engaged in learning, helping them find their best fits for skills and interests. It’s a tall order….but, we also have many adept, young learners to help us

We, here at RE@L are listening, and we are doing something about it, too. So, stay tuned, folks!

There’s more to come from RE@L! And from Sam. And from other kids and teachers, too. Everywhere!

If you have any comments or questions for Sam or for us, just click on the globe below!

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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