Monthly Archives: March 2013

Classroom Message Boards

A classroom message board could be an excellent tool for the teacher to assess the class’s knowledge of the subject. While I have never personally been a part of a class that a message board, I can certainly see the benefits of it.

The teacher could pose a question to the class that can cause a class discussion/debate on the board. This would allow each student to see what their peers believe and respond in full response, without being cut off by anyone. This also allows those that may not be willing to speak up in class a chance for their opinions to be heard.

I think the best type of class for this to be used in would be History, because each student could bring perspective and can do extra research to prove a point or to bring up a new one. However, I think math could be the worst for this because it is so matter of fact, if you know the answer you know the answer, there is not much background information out there to improve understanding like there is in History or a Science.

Instant Gratifaction

In my last blog post, I eluded to this a bit, but I need to discuss it a little more. Instant Gratification is  provided by search engines, such as Google, and our ability to use them from our phones. Because of instant gratification as long as we have cell service we can search for the answer to a question and get almost instant answer and a website that verifies the answer.

It is obvious that instant gratification is amazing in day-to-day life, but how does it affect education?

Possibly the biggest benefit for the student when using a search engine, is instantly finding sources for a paper or other project. A process that used to require going to the local library and spending hours pouring over many books to find a good a reliable source, can now be done in minutes.

It can also help students find homework help finding sites such as mathway.com to help with math, and Wikipedia is always a favorite to get quick answers to just about any question.

However, with all of the resources at our fingertips, the question that has to be asked is, are students really remembering things?

If the answer is yes, then there is problem at all and this really and truly is a good thing. But, if the answer is no, something needs to change. The argument could be made that, if I searched and found it so easily, why should I remember it if I can just look it back up just as easily?

There, in my opinion, is the biggest problem of instant gratification, it is too easy.

So, I  guess I have more questions than answers now, because problem, is also the greatest advantage of instant gratification.