Kidipoints is an Educational and Parental Support App, developed by Dan Campbell, it is a Multi Platform further Development of Kidiponts for Android and Windows Phone, which was published a few years ago.
The mission, was to make Kidipoints available to more People and across more Devices, including PC Apple Mac and iPhone etc, I went back to first principles, kept the great parts of Kidipoints and added new ideas and features.
Kidipoints is really simple to Use, fundamentally there is the Signed on User, i.e. Parent/Coach etc who gives Points and Kids who Receive them and put them towards Goals and Rewards. We can allow other people (Contributors) to give provisional Points
Points: the virtual currency of Kidipoints
Children: the recipients of points
Bank: where positive points are cashed, ready to be used
Behaviours: childrens behaviour that can earn or lose points
Goals: things kids want, that points can achieve
Rewards: goals that have been achieved
Contributors: people we allow to add provisional points, that the signed on user must approve to allow them to be allocated
To give you some idea of Strategies to work with Kids and allocating points here are suggestions.
Positive and Negative Points - Do well, get points, are naughty, lose points
Simple - use the sliders on the Dash to add or remove points, handy, if just using a phone
Positive Only - Don't take points off, only give points, some younger children get very upset losing points for example.
Pocket Money - Allocate pocket money according to how many points earned, 10 Points might be 1 Penny
Team Tracking - Set up your football Team for example and setup behaviours for Goal Scored, Man of the Match, Assist, Great Save etc
Linked Goals - Say Exam Results, you may agree with your Kids that if they get 7 straight A's that you will double their points, or a set number of points per result!
Big or Small - Will your kids go for the Cookie or save up for the big things
Points Per Day - You may decide to give your kids a fixed number of Points per day/week and they lose Points for naughty behaviour
Club Attendance - For example, if you run a Martial Arts club, keep track of grades awarded, attendance etc, easy and simple, Parents and Kids can see too
School Sports Events - Add the Kids, then add each Sport Event as a Behaviour, this provides real time updates for everyone, easy, using the Shared Dash.
Kidipoints is a great way to teach your Kids that effort brings Rewards, they can see this when they get closer to the Rewards you have set, this helps motivate them and keeps them focused.
Be appropriate according to Age range, you know your kids best, a 4 year old is going to be happy getting a Gold Star, a teenager less so, Kidipoints allows you to set the Behaviours and Rewards by each Child, so this is very easy to do.
Using Kidipoints as teaching aid, think of Kidipoints like a Budget Manager for your Kids.
Be fair, only remove Points if there has been a mistake, however, once Points are Banked, they can't be removed, this keeps trust and integrity in the system.
Engage with your Kids, sit down and agree Goals and appropriate points etc, engage with them and involve them, avoid being the Points Policeman.
Questions and answers
Q: Do children need to sign in?A: No, just use their unique link, from there, they can bank and allocate points themselves, if they are youngQ: How do I allow their Grand Parents to give Points
A: Add them as a Contributor, give them the link, any Points they give must be approved by you, before they can be banked or allocated.Q:When I delete a Behaviour, what happens to the points
A:The Behaviour is only flagged as Deleted, like any Accounting system, it doesn't disappear, but can no longer be allocated to, no points are lost.Q: How many kids can I manage
A: At the moment, there is no limits, sensible limits I guess, I use with my Sons Football Team, just for their Match Results, so behaviours are things like Goal Scored, Man of the Match, Save and Assist etc.Q: Is there a charge for using kidipoints
A: No, we may add premium features for Institutional Users in the future, we want people to enjoy using it, so it is free for fair use, all code and scripts is Copyright and we retain ownership, Kidipoints is not freeware or shareware, it may not be altered or redistributed without proper license.
Q: Do I need to install anything
A: No, Kidipoints is a web application, you will however, need an Internet Connection, we are going to create new Offline Versions that will sync.
Q: When I searched, Google showed the Android Version on Play, do I need this?
A: No, the New Web Version and Android Version are completely seperate and do not share any data or logins, you do not need it.
Q: My kids dont seem interested
A: Make it part of the family routine, nobody likes change, especially Kids, maybe introduce it gradually.
Q: Can I delete the standard behaviours
A: No, but I am going to make a change, so that you can toggle, hiding them, from being selected on the Points Page.
Q: Is the Points Data Safe?
A: Kidipoints is Hosted at one of the largest Hosting Providers, with full resilience, if you lose your phone or Computer, no problem, your Points are still safe.
Q: Is Kidipoints just for Kids?
A: No, I use it for setting my own Goals, for example down the Gym or various DIY jobs needing done, is fun for Kids to see this too!.
Q: Can I change some of the Icons or Text?
A: Not right now, we are going to allow User created themes in the future and add multi language support.
Q: Can we Buy or customize Kidipoints for our own use?
A: Yes, that is possible, and is a Commercial discusion, email Admin at Kidipoints.
Q: Can I use on my Smart TV?
A: Yes, within limits, as long as the browser on the TV follows the latest Web standards, we have tested on Amazon Fire TV, using the Firefox addon, it doesn't allow images to be uploaded but works, we are creating a solution for that, but you can still use Kidipoints.
Q: Can I use my Facebook Account to Login and Post to?
A: We are working on that, it is on the Development list.
Q: Is Kidipoints Complete?
A: The first tranche of Development and Testing has been done, there is lots more to come.