Trends: Kids Tend to Read Digital More

From Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print By

A recent report by the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom surveyed 35,000 kids, whose ages ranged from 8-16. It stated that 39% of children and young people read on electronic

devices every day, whereas only 28% read printed materials

daily. The number of children reading ebooks has doubled in the last two years from 6% to 12%.

If this trend continues, imagine the impact on:

  • Design of Books
  • Material for books
  • Delivery options from owning to loaning
  • Interaction design with books not just by readers (see what Kindoma is doing)
  • Book distribution
  • Libraries (virtual libraries, personal libraries)

LearnLog: 30 Million Word Gap and Why You Should Talk to Your Kids a Lot

From Support children’s learning by talking with them over a book

Almost two decades ago, in 1995, Hart & Risley published the results of a landmark study [1] that linked success in school at age nine to the amount of talk they hear from birth to age three.  The actual difference in the amount of words children hear is astonishing; successful children heard on average 8 million more words per year than their struggling peers, leading to what was termed the “30 million word gap” by the time they turn four.

I was just lucky to chance upon an SVForum Event in Santa Clara. A friend who runs the Digital SIG invited me. The talk was given by the founder of Kindoma. It was fascinating to listen to his journey.  Here are some highlights:

  • Kindoma is made up of two words German words-  Kind and Oma. Kind in German means “the kid” and Oma stands for grandma. Kindoma’s mission is to connects kids and their grandparents to benefit both.
  • One stat Tico (the founder of Kindoma) showed was that grand parents spend over 16B dollars for their grand kids.
  • Kindoma was a research project in Nokia and later became an independent company.
  • Tico explained how they went through research prototypes (two of them) and how they learned the behavior of families – kids, parents, grandparents and how they used their knowledge to build their products.
  • In US on an average grand parents are more than 200 miles away from their grand kids (and several thousands for many immigrant families).
  • The current mode of connection is phone or skype. Tico showed videos of actual interactions using each mode and discussed the issues with each one of them

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Kindoma – a few slides

More Love Than Your Heart Can Hold

This is one of the most amazing email messages I got today. The topic was something else. It is a from a Realtor who keeps sending status of housing. But this piece towards the end made the entire article worth reading.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.
But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That’s a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice says don’t have children if you want to be “rich.” It is just the opposite.
What do your get for your $160,140?
• Naming rights,— First, middle, and last!
• Glimpses of God everyday.
• Giggles under the covers every night.
• More love than your heart can hold.
• Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
• Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
• A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
• A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
• Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

There is a lot more, if you want to read on. Here is the link.