It’s an amazing moment for every parent when a child begins to shoulder some of the work load. Getting a driver’s license is a big deal. Having them take a sibling to soccer practice is even bigger. The key factor is getting to the point where kids help kids.
Anyone interested in revolutionizing education would do well to consider this.
Professors and instructors are overworked and short of time. Putting lectures on videotape, or making textbooks cheaper may help the school’s budget, but it’s not going to help the school’s teachers. At StudyBlue, we think that one solution to the education problem is to shift an appropriate share of the teaching effort and action to students.
Why? Two reasons.
First, students are great at helping other students learn and master coursework. That’s been true the proverbial “one room schoolhouse” and it’s just as true today. Back then, Henry helped Elmer learn to read, and Doris taught Doreen about geography. While the students were helping each other, the teacher would customize a tutoring session to help a particular pupil understand a tough concept that was stalling his progress.
Second, while there is no “one room schoolhouse” anymore, there is a common, comfortable meeting place where students hang out. It’s on their smartphones and their laptops. Students spend more time online than in class, more than at the library. They key for students to help each other, is to make it easy for them to do so online. Where they are, pretty much all day and all night.
At StudyBlue, we’re trying to capture some of that one room magic, and shift some of the education activity from instructors to students. We make it easy for one student to help another.
And we do it with cutting edge technology and methods, creating the “one room effect” virtually. We make it super easy, and super simple for students to help each other online. Which means we also make it easy for educators to focus their time and attention on more specific, more critical places in the classroom, and in the course syllabus.
The ultimate way to master something, is to teach it to someone else. Today you’ll find StudyBlue members using the class wall to ask and answer each other questions. The day is coming when more classmates are online studying better together. In the end, is it possible the teachers will be the biggest winners?