Immediate Feedback Via Digital Applications in the Elementary Classroom
High levels of digital exposure has changed the way students’ learn compared to students of the past. The chronic exposure of digital media has completely rewired our children’s brains. Why do they prefer immediate feedback and gratification? Is it due to the digital age learner? Students take picture/videos, blog/vlog, and receive immediate reaction from social media (likes/dislikes) ~Musically, Instagram, YouTube, etc. by their peers. They are more cognizant (good or bad) of what they are posting based on the immediate feedback provided by their peers. So how do we transfer this concept of immediate gratification and immediate rewards into the classroom?
To truly understand this concept lets look at it from a classroom perspective. The student of the past would take a test, project, etc. and the teacher would grade the test/project and the student would receive the grade maybe within the week. Also, teachers will display top students’ work on bulletin boards. This concept is not something we want to get away from but we should diversify our approach in order to maximize today’s student achievement.
If we flip this concept, students take more tests online, communicate in the classroom via blogs and vlogs, and use digital portfolio apps to showcase their papers/projects while having the capability of receiving immediate gratification and immediate rewards. If students know they are to receive feedback from their peers through the use of classroom blogs or digital classroom portfolio they will work harder (generally to receive that instant feedback from teachers and peers). This is why I love classroom blogs (Kid Blog) and digital portfolios (Seesaw) because teachers can moderate these sites but it allows students to express themselves in a safe environment while receiving constructive feedback from their peers. Our teachers starting as early as 2nd grade are using Seesaw and other digital applications to engage their students as well as teaching them social responsibility.
As students change our teaching practices must change to keep our students engaged and excited about learning.