Undoubtedly, learning within a classroom depends first and foremost on paying attention to what is being taught, and in the technological era, keeping students engaged is quite a challenge for teachers. It’s already difficult enough to get them to stop checking their phones in class, which is why this professor decided that since he couldn’t beat them, might as well join them.
Michael Britt, Psychology professor in New York, started to use Snapchat as a tool in his lectures. He made “snaps” with real-life examples of whatever subject he was teaching in class at the moment. He posted them before exams, so his students could look at them while studying.
Professor Britt considers this to be a very successful strategy, as he estimates 90% of his pupils have started using these 10 second videos to study. One student even said retaining information this way was easier than in an 8:00 a.m. lecture. Britt only allows them to watch Snapchat outside the classroom, and that’s precisely where his examples come from.
What do you think? Would you like your professors to use this method?
Photo illustration by James Zhuang