In our last blog post, we talked about what Goally was and why it could be a great device to help with online schooling. In this blog post, we are going to go a bit more in-depth for our Goally users by providing examples of effective ways to use Goally to aid with remote learning.
The first thing to talk about should be the ideal set up for using your Goally to help with remote learning. I recommend keeping your Goally plugged in on your kids’ desk right next to their computer. This set up will ensure that Goally stays charged throughout the whole day and will allow your child to see the Goally timer while they are in class. Having the timer visible during class is really helpful in keeping your kiddo focused as well as defining how much time they have left on an activity or in class. To read a bit more on the power of timers check out our blog post on exactly that. Additionally, you want to make sure Goally is facing your child and within sight and ear shock. Goally comes equipped with a pop socket so getting your Goally to stand up on a desk or table facing your child should be absolutely no problem.
Class Schedule & Routines
Up next we are going to talk about actually setting up your child’s class schedule as Goally routines. Goally has two types of routines - manual routines and weekly routines. Weekly routines operate sort of like an alarm clock launching at a certain time each day or on a range of selected days (weekdays for example). Manual routines are different and are instead launched by the parent manually or (if your settings permit it) by your child on their Goally device. You can choose to input your child’s school schedule any what you like, however, if your child’s schedule is at least semi-consistent I recommend imputing your routines as weekly routines. Another piece of advice I have is when setting up your child’s online school routine, don’t put all of their classes for the day into one routine. Try to break up the day into smaller pieces rather than just input one long routine with all of their classes scheduled back to back. This can be overwhelming for a lot of kids and breaking up the day will make the task of remote learning seem a lot more manageable. You could break up their schedule into morning and afternoon schedules having lunchtime be a natural break separating the two routines. If you are able to get a more detailed description of what your child will be doing during class each day it could be extremely helpful to break up each class as an individual routine with subtopics like HW review included as activities. Ultimately every child is different and requires a different level of support. Be mindful of this when creating your child’s school schedule and if something isn’t working don’t feel afraid to edit the schedule and try something else.
The last topic I want to talk about is rewards and Goally points. These points and rewards can be awesome motivators for your kids to stay focused and engaged in class. In terms of specifics, I recommend setting about a 25-50 point reward each class completed by your child. If you want to you can adjust the number of points you kids gets based on how engaged they were or if you saw them do anything really awesome but I think 25-50 is a good starting point in regard to points. Your kiddos points are only as good as the rewards they can cash them in for so it’s important to get your child’s input as to what they want their rewards to be. You really want them motivated to collect points and having them help pick and select their rewards is a great way to get them excited to complete their routines. I recommend setting 3 different types of rewards for your child to work for. You should have a smaller reward for your child to redeem, something like a piece of candy or 30 minutes of T.V time. This reward should be attainable for your child within a day or two of saving up their points. The second reward should be a medium reward like a family movie night or a trip to the zoo. This reward should be possible for your child to get within a week or so of saving up their points. The last kind of reward you want to offer is the BIG reward, this should be something like a family trip or a new massive Lego set, whatever gets your kid’s eyes to open wide. This reward should take a couple of weeks for your child to save up for. Creating multiple types of rewards does a ton of great things at the same time. First of all, you are teaching your child how to prioritize and save up for things they want a valuable skill most adults don’t even have. Additionally, you are giving child options on what they want to spend their points on, keeping Goally fresh and exciting. Pro tip: To make sure Goally stays this way you may want to check in with your kiddo and change up rewards every month or two. Overall Goally points are really powerful motivators if you use them correctly and can make remote learning so much more effective for your child by keeping them engaged.
I know remote learning can seem like a nearly impossible challenge. There are so many already difficult aspects already and with everything up in the air, it is not clear when things will get better and go back to normal. We know these are tough times and we here at Goally want to do everything we can to support our Goally families during these times. While Goally isn’t a magic cure for all of the problems with online learning, it can sure be an incredibly helpful aid for you, your family, and most importantly your kids.