Kickstand - Supporting Students, Teachers and Parents
Kickstand - Supporting Students, Teachers and Parents
Edify is an educational learning system that provides the exact resources and additional instruction your child needs to succeed
Edify is an educational learning system that provides the exact resources and additional instruction your child needs to succeed Read more
My hope is that the opening video hits home. My name is Tom Bieniewicz and as a parent of 4 children ranging from High-school to Elementary, my kids couldn’t be more different in their learning styles. How in the world is my wife or I going to be able to individualize the learning for each of them? I start googling how to do polynomials, or whatever the topic is, and then make a bigger mess and confuse my kids more. What if a system was created that automatically generated resources specific to what my kid needs? We could watch and review these together! If these resources didn’t help, then we could search the repository, based on the standard, of thousands of resources to find one that does! Students, parents and teachers can rate these resources after they view them and rate them with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Guess what? We are going to remove all the thumbs down resources and keep this repository loaded with only the best content! We are vetting resources from around the world to ensure that all learners have access to the best! This is what I want for my kids, and I want to make it a possibility for everyone!
Kickstand is creating an exciting new advanced educational computer program named Edify. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are widely used in education, but none of the current systems truly individualize learning. The mission of Kickstand is to create the next generation iLMS, Individualized Learning Management System ! Kickstand's Edify iLMS is being assembled by expert software developers and the brightest educators to help our children succeed academically. Through rigorous research and development we have completed the foundation of a program that will bring a vast, yet highly efficient learning management solution into every classroom, centered around each individual student.
Kickstand's Edify, is a true pioneer in standards based individualized learning. With this tool, our children will have access to tens of thousands of resources at their fingertips. These resources are automatically tagged to each standard or concept for easy access. For instance, if a student struggles with polynomials, or has trouble understanding Newton’s laws of physics, Edify automatically pulls up an assortment of resources for each subject. That student can then choose which resource best adapts to his/her unique learning style. We know that the demands on children are high and so are your expectations. It’s time to provide them with a tool that makes learning easier, effective and more efficient. For teachers, it provides real time data on the progress of each of their students. This allows them to immediately provide individualized feedback and instruction addressing every student’s specific needs. This same feedback can then be forwarded or viewed by you the parents, to keep you informed not only of your child’s progress, but exactly what concepts they have mastered and which ones they need to review. Your child can then review areas needing improvement by using one of the resources (content videos or interactions) provided for them by the program. No more poking around the internet to find the right resources. Now they are right there in front of you. Education is our passion at Kickstand and we truly believe that no child should be left behind. We are creating a program that finally catches technology up to the growing academic needs of your children. The waiting is over! Kickstand is leading the charge into the new frontier! With your help we can put this amazing tool into the hands of every student, parent and teacher to give them the competitive edge they need to “race to the top". Let’s do our part to make America the global leaders in education we once were. We owe it to our children!
Learning is a team effort, so we want to ensure that the student, parents and teachers receive the maximum experience and benefits from utilizing Kickstand's Edify . Let's look at these perspectives...
We believe that Edify is an "Educational Game Changer"!
Personalized Learning - Standards Based Data-Driven Instruction - Supporting Instructional Best Practices - all in one system. Below you will see how it can be used in the classroom between the teacher and the students.
Student's and parents perspective-
An average teachers' workload consists of 5 classes with 30 students per class. Providing individualized instruction for 150 students is challenging. For instance, two students, Eddie and Betsy, both get a 77% on an assessment, it appears they both passed so let's move on... Herein lies the danger. Kickstand's Edify allows the teacher to drill down to the strand level that illustrates the child's exact performance. Through further inspection, which is illustrated in the video below, you see that Eddie scored 47% on strand 1 and Betsy scored 100% on strand 1. Both students are earning a 77% in the course, but Eddie clearly needs more assistance in strand 1 where Betsy needs assistance in other areas. Within seconds, the teacher will be able to see this crucial information and provide Eddie and Betsy the additional resources and instruction they need to pass the areas where they are struggling.
Could you imagine being at your next parent teacher conference and having your child's teacher provide you this level of detail?
...We can! And you should demand it!
Please watch the video below and see how Edify accomplishes this!
When we meet our goal of $100,000 we plan to ...
Move Kickstand's Edify from Beta to production. We have met, piloted and had discussions with numerous parents, teachers and students to gain their feedback on how we can make Kickstand's Edify the best it can be. We have a defined list of enhancements that can be accomplished with donations of $100,000!
Stretch Goal of $250,000
Kickstand's Edify is designed to be a flexible tool that allows teachers to create their own content, import what they've already created or leverage pre-existing courses. We currently have created 16 high school courses, but by achieving this stretch goal, we plan to create an additional 60 courses for K-12. Everything from AP to interactive Kindergarten courses. Blended, STEM, Project based and elective courses may now be utilized in our breakthrough iLMS!
Stretch Goal of $500,000
Create a separate interface for grades K-5. Our research has shown that there is a need for a iLMS that is designed for grades K-5. Younger learners benefit from a more visual experience with larger objects, audio instructions and motivators such as gamification, badges and rewards. With your help, we can bring the individualized learning of Kickstand's Edify to our elementary and middle schools.
Risks and challenges
As of the start of this project, the beta testing has been completed and the next round of enhancements is being developed. Kickstand is being piloted with approximately 800 students with great success. Our campaign is to open the program up to any school with their own unique credentials that allow them to share resources with other teachers and schools or keep them private within their own school.
Most of you would agree that education in the United States is not where it needs to be. To begin to change the direction and results can be a difficult and long process. Our challenge will be to convince to schools to change the status quo by having technology help teachers and students provide individualized learning/resources to every student. We pride ourselves in taking on such a large and important mission.
Currently, there are about 500 LMS type systems on the market, however none of them have over 10% of the market share; there is no clear choice. The competition is out there but those systems all lack the instant, individualized resources that are customized to each individual students needs and are easily accessible by students, parents and teachers. The market is huge, but we only need to have a small impact for others to join in helping to improve our public and private schools.
To keep Kickstand relevant and on the cutting edge, we will need to continue to constantly improve and enhance the programming. The development teams number one goal will be to listen to teacher and student feedback. Incorporating enhancements and best practices into Edify will achieve our overall goal to empower students to be career or college ready by embracing individualized learning with a customized approach.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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