HOW DO KIDS STAY CONNECTED online?
RED TRUNK Project® WEBSITE
(INTERACTIVE SITE FOR KIDS LAUNCHING
Red Trunk Project
When a child clicks on a large red pin, that child will be able to access all of the material contained in that location’s Trunk; the introductory video, all the mini-docs and video tutorials, books, pictures, audio recordings, music, recipes, language tutorials, interactive maps, all of the study guides and activities, further education links, and 3D representations of the artifacts, along with a wealth of information giving the object's context.
When a child clicks on a small red pin, they will have access to an Indie Trunk, introducing them to a child a world away. They will be encouraged to reach out and make contact with the children they find common ground with. Or perhaps make contact with children they have little in common with, but want to learn more about. To bond with. To turn ‘the other’ into a friend.
Through the website and app, the Red Trunk Project experience will be available to all children, whether or not they’ve had the physical ‘trunk experience’. Any child will be able to explore any other child’s culture, and to join in and begin sharing their own lives and experiences. In ten years, Red Trunk Project anticipates 100 million children a year to be connected through Red Trunk Project.
RED TRUNK Project APP
Red Trunk Projector the child can produce their own Indie Trunk.Red Trunk Project
The website and app will translate the ‘name cards’ into the language of the person viewing the Indie Trunk.
As part of the registration process each child will be asked to fill out a simple questionnaire, asking about their likes and dislikes. This will allow kids around the world to find other kids with similar interests. You can find other kids who like to draw. Other kids who like to draw cats. And maybe even that handful of kids around the world who like to draw cats with funny mustaches. Red Trunk Project will give that group of kids a virtual space to form their own ‘club’. They can share pictures, videos, and links, all having to do with cats with funny mustaches.
The Red Trunk Project website’s homepage will feature a slowly rotating blue globe, dotted with red pins both large and small. The small pins represent miniature, personal ‘Indie’ Trunks (described in the App section below), while the large pins represent the Official Trunks, produced by the Red Trunk Project team. Other pins represent the Red Trunk Project activities described in Expansions section
Parents will oversee every aspect of their children’s contact with the app and the website. Parents and children will be advised to never share their full names, and to avoid sharing any identifying information, including their home addresses. The site will be monitored for any inappropriate content being uploaded. Any person caught engaging in such behavior will be banned. The Red Trunk Project team takes privacy and security issues very, very seriously. Any and all regional laws regarding privacy will be strictly adhered to.
The app will have the same homepage as the website; a slowly turning blue globe. On a smart phone, a swipe of the finger rotates the globe. Pinching the globe can expand or contract it. As a child zooms in, what looked like a red blob suddenly expands into a cluster of small red pins; Indie Trunks.