Chatty Kidz connects families through video chat and keeps kids engaged with fun educational and collaborative games Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 5, 2013.
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Chatty Kidz - connecting children, families & learning!
What is Chatty Kidz?
Today an iPad app, tomorrow a solution for modern global families working together to better educate their children using iPad's, smartphone's or PC's.
Chatty Kidz is a team of parents, technical geniuses, creative gurus & educational specialists who care about quality education provided to children all over the world. Committed to building upon the existing Chatty Kidz platform, they are busy designing and developing new collaborative educational content to be delivered across a range of devices (i.e. PC,TV, tablet & phone).
Ken Taggart says "We want Chatty Kidz to be useful to our own families & to help us to better educate our own children; if it's useful to us then it is going to be useful for you too."
What are the problems we solve?
- A child quickly bores during a video chat
- A child gets bored with educational apps
- How to teach children to use Social Media
- Keeping in touch with my distant family
What are the benefits?
- Children learn better & faster when working with family members
- The children enjoy learning & using technology for learning
- The interactivity & regular communication connects distant families
- Collaboration for the greater good - the family is closer if they enjoy time working on common goals together
- The parents/grandparents have a reason to use technology
- Everybody has fun
- The kids use the iPad for good instead of evil
- Grandparents nurture a deeper bond with their grandchildren
- Distant parents nurture a deeper bond with their children
Kids have so much fun talking to their family they don't realise they are learning!
Parents recruit distant family members, to help teach the kids.
We want to deliver more content to more platforms so families can educate their children using any Internet connected device!
The Board of Advisors
Any additional funds generated by this Kickstarter campaign will be spent funding our roadmap (which is significant) and improving the existing platform:
Risks and challenges
As with all software projects we have a range of risks to navigate:
Educational Expertise: We already have some expertise from the many historical eLearning projects we have delivered & the fact we are real parents! But we do not have enough, we need to recruit more educational expertise to ensure we provide the guidance required by family members teaching the children. Plus to create useful, interesting educational content that works for the children on our innovative collaborative platform.
We will focus on the communication between the educational professionals (generally non-technical) & developers (technical but not educational experts) because we have experienced problems in this area during earlier projects.
Development Skills & Productivity: We already have a small development team in place who have built the existing app, but we need to grow that team & we need to add specific skills and capabilities.
- OpenTok specialist (or other video platform): we use OpenTok currently to provide the video/audio capability & there are stability problems in the current app which we need to improve to ensure it is 100% stable. It is critical the video works.
Bandwidth issues also cause us significant problems as the user gets a poor experience, we need to utilise expert technical resources to ensure we minimise the problems experienced by users on a range of Internet connections. Of course over the years this will become less of an issue as more users utilise large bandwidth connections (i.e. fibre).
We have managed many large software & App projects over the last 15 years so we know how to recruit and manage a large team of creatives, architects, developers, DBA's, analysts & project managers in order to deliver a software solution on time & on budget.
We have also built a successful multi-channel digital marketing platform from the ground up starting in 1999 & selling it in 2007 (http://www.traction-digital.com/) . So we know how to deliver large software products & meet the busy schedule for improvements and enhancements.
The larger vision: we have a big vision and as the roadmap extends into the future the risks grow significantly, the funds raised in this Kickstarter project will not solve all our future problems. But they will provide a solid base from which we can grow and build upon, especially for the Learning Management System & the Crowd Sourcing Platform. Those will become large projects in their own right in the future once Chatty Kidz is successful and supporting a large user base.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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