Meet our featured screener, Page Riley!
As one of the first original screeners, Page Riley has played an important role on the KidKam team. With a degree in psychology from Gettysburg University and a masters in education from DePaul University, KidKam’s CEO Zachary Corrigan reached out to Riley to screen videos based on her dynamic background. Riley agreed to the opportunity and began building the backbone of the site: hand picking quality videos for KidKam’s library.
“I was instantly interested in the website's mission and as a teacher was excited to have a database of kid-friendly videos at my fingertips,” said Riley about starting the process. In a six month period, Riley screened over 1,700 videos for the gallery and is an avid user of the site.
Like most screeners, as a teacher, Riley enjoys using the site for lesson planning with its organized library and unique features. “I love using the folders to store videos for different subjects,” she said. “Another favorite KidKam feature is the Common Core State Standard tags; you know that content is valuable when it is linked to an educational standard. KidKam makes it easy to supplement lessons with great videos and it is no longer intimidating.”
Incorporating technology and using visuals is essential in the everyday classroom. Riley believes KidKam is a simple tool for any educator who wants to integrate meaningful videos. “Using technology in education is so vital,” she said. Students can access so much content and knowledge through using the Internet and KidKam allows them to do it in a safe space. Through videos, children are exposed to different cultures, experiences, and ways of thinking.”
Of course, Riley also knows not all videos are created equal and only trusts the KidKam platform due to its personalized screening process. “Many videos out there may have appropriate language or animation, but are not accurate in what they are teaching,” she noted. “I have seen some phonics videos that pronounce the sounds completely wrong or a math video that uses non-academic language to explain a concept.”
As a screener, she has developed a more critical eye when sifting out videos that wouldn’t be effective for students. During her own screening process, she asks herself two important questions: “Would I want to show this video in my classroom and would I want my nephews to watch this at home?” If a video makes the cut based on content criteria, she then checks the video for any inappropriate language and verifies its alignment with Common Core Standards. If all is approved, she then uploads the video to the gallery, which is ready for any subscriber to view.
As Riley grows in her role with KidKam, she hopes to one day share her passion for the screening process by offering training sessions for new screeners and users. “I would like to do parent/teacher education to ensure people know how to use KidKam and take advantage of all the awesome features,” she said.