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Assignments today are undergoing a drastic change. And we think that’s a good thing.
Assigning Work is Different Now
The modern assignment is about giving students choice and experience. It’s not reading specific pages or doing the odd problem sets. It’s providing students with tools to understand, practice, question, and grow with each lesson.
In a digital world, this means trading out textbook chapters for links to real-world examples and using media for additional tutorials and how-tos. Creating assignments that build interest and understanding is more possible with the vast landscape of the digital frontier. Classrooms aren’t bound to the blackboard and photocopied worksheets anymore.
This is exciting, and not just for educators, but for students.
Submitting is Savvier
We have expectations for how technology should serve core parts of our lives.
We expect to be able to message our friends and colleagues instantly. We expect that key information about where we shop and when the post office is open will be online. The new standard for banking is that it can all be done via mobile.
If we can submit a check to our bank via a snapshot from a smartphone, why can’t we have these same high expectations for education?
Classrooms are using technology to submit homework via that same snapshot technology we use with our banks. But it’s not the standard yet. It’s still considered advanced to see schools adopt technology that’s common practice in so many other areas of our lives. Why is that?
Feedback is More Personalized
The modern assignment - assisted by technology - is part of a bigger, stronger feedback loop. Instructors have more ways to comment on assignments, apply rubrics, provide follow-up resources, and talk to a student about their work and their learning. Anytime. Anywhere.
This is big. Technology allows teachers to improve workflows for many classroom tasks. No longer is there any waiting for papers to be passed forward.
But more important than saving time, the modern assignment is better placed to give students personalized support.
All in all - the future of assignments is bright.
What's your vision for the future of assignments? Tweet us your idea at@Chalkupedu.