Feedback for tasks #cck11 question of teacher


Some Students seek hastily  and  by ‘trial and error for good solutions, instead of reading or listening to the built-in help and feedback.

Children of about 10-12 years old did a task in a Zoo. On their mobile phones they received a small task when they were near a certain animal (using GPS) The task was a question about the animal. Some children with a wrong answer did not listen to the feedback but tried to guess the right answer.

(The task is for learning English by use of a mobile phone)

As a pupil at a computer assisted  task makes an error, a video  starts with a explanation for the pupil to perform the task  better. Pupils usually ignore this note and attempt guessing a solution. How can online assignments and tasks and the feedback that’s built in made  better so that more students think about the task and consider the notes and feedback  instead of guessing the correct solution by trial and error.

How can their teachers avoid this trial and error behavior of these pupils?

( foto: Kennisnet (CC: BY-NC-ND))


3 thoughts on “Feedback for tasks #cck11 question of teacher

  1. Good questions. My husband’s school uses a service called Study Island, and students just keep clicking and clicking until they hit the right answer. They don’t read the feedback, they just guess again and again!


  2. Leah,
    I’m visiting with my grandsons (2 and 4) and both repeat, repeat, repeat questions until they get a response. In general the feedback they get has no meaningful content beyond simple attention. Shut up!, No! and Oh-for-god-sakes-YES! are sort of non-answers but sufficient. The real terror comes when as a kid your annoying questions set off the dreaded explanation response which is way worse than a smack on the bum.

    In order to know that a response is meaningful and worth listening to you’d have to sense your questions were actually being answered thoughtfully. Maybe kids assemble meaning in a different way or feel disconnected from the cause and effect process we as adults would recognize?

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