This week, our CEO and founder, Christine Egy Rose, was in Phoenix for the ASU/GSV Summit. While there, Pearson Labs interviewed Christine about Scoot & Doodle and her thoughts on technology in education today. Here is Part I of the interview.
1. What problem is Scoot & Doodle addressing?
For generations of us, school was spent mastering the Three R’s – which basically meant consume and regurgitate knowledge. But today, as we face an increasingly complex and changing world, mastering the Three Rs is no longer enough. Kids today need to master at least 4 more crucial skills in addition to the Three R’s to participate and thrive in the future. Those crucial skills are the Four Cs – Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication, also known as the “learning and innovation skills.”
2. Why does this solution matter?
This solution matters because combining the Four C’s with the Three R’s, produces a whole learner empowered with the skills, confidence, and comfortability to work with others, to imagine and innovate new solutions, and to solve complex problems across the globe. This solution underlines the importance of being to apply and create knowledge.
3. What role does Scoot & Doodle play as part of this solution?
At Scoot & Doodle, we’re building education products where kids fall in love with learning. They happily practice and strengthen their skills in both the Three Rs and the Four Cs using our built-in tools and project based learning units. We design our learning environments to be invitingly interactive and accessible, so learning goes deeper and feels more like playing. With our easy-to-use creation and collaboration tools and content, teachers and students can easily connect their learning to things that matter to them.
4. What impact does learning this have on students’ results?
When students use our creation and collaboration products, each one of them is excited about taking on their learning assignments. They become deeply engaged in creating their knowledge, no matter their skill level. This deep level of engagement and creation translates into several things for the students:
- They spend more time and go deeper to demonstrate their understanding of the material.
- They are able to apply their knowledge in new and novel ways.
- They create richer more complex work.
- Their pride and excitement to share their learning skyrockets, because they have more control and power to express themselves.
- Their learning becomes personal and meaningful to them.
Ultimately, all of this results in a happy learner who feels confident and curious to address any challenge or problem he/she faces and that’s a wonderful thing.
5. Scoot & Doodle in 140 characters…go!
We help kids fall in love with learning + build their skills & confidence in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration & communication.
Bonus question: If you can tell us, what’s next for Scoot & Doodle?
We’ll partner with key content providers who are committed to providing content that piques a child’s curiosity so they will go deeper into their learning. We’ll also add tools to help educators understand how children are progressing with the Four Cs.