Students are used to having delayed feedback throughout their time in school. Whether they take a math or science test or write an English essay, it is days before they receive feedback about their work.
Digital media education allows teachers to give their students feedback in real-time. Whether it is in the classroom or during a live stream, the opportunity to help improve students’ work is immediate.
We have spoken to many of our Striv teachers and have learned that giving students instant feedback is an incredibly beneficial learning opportunity teachers can give their Striv students.
What Does It Mean To Give Instant Feedback?
Giving instant feedback can be done in different ways in the digital media education realm. The first and most important is feedback during a live stream.
Feedback during a live stream offers a unique learning opportunity for students. Students thrive off of attention from teachers; giving students feedback in real-time shows them that you are invested in their work and their improvement.
Instant feedback from teachers allows for students to address areas that need growth, which leads to not only a better production but also elevates a student’s skill set and potential.
The second type of feedback is in the classroom. Whether it is designing a graphic, editing a photograph, or creating a video, students’ work can be transformed with ongoing support and guidance throughout the creative process.
The Importance of Instant Feedback
At the beginning of last school year, we started a podcast where we interviewed #strivschools teachers and heard their stories about how they built their successful Striv and digital media programs.
In episode 3, we spoke with Matt Hinkel, a veteran digital media teacher, who has established a thriving Striv team in the few years he has been at Northwest High School in Grand Island.
He credits his success to his focus on instant feedback and building relationships with his Striv students.
“When students are interested in streaming but are nervous about joining Striv and trying something new, I assure them that I’ll be there with you, I’ll help you out, and I’ll even stand next to you the whole time if that makes you feel better.”
Levi Loofe, the Business/Technology teacher at York High School, leads an incredible digital media class and Striv program. In episode 5, Levi expresses how the feedback he provides to students is a lot like coaching.
“I’ve always thought that teaching and coaching are no different. It’s just different content. I mainly talk to our kids on camera and ask how did it go and what do you think you could have done.”
It is incredibly important that Striv teachers realize how critical it is that their students are receiving feedback in real-time during a live stream and in the classroom. Giving feedback to students shows them that you care and are interested in what they are doing. This is a great way to build confidence within each student on your Striv team.
If you want to hear more from Matt and Levi, you can listen to our podcast “Striving is Learning.” If you are interested in learning more about Striv and how to implement digital media education in your classroom, click here. Striv Education can give you the roadmap to starting and building your digital media curriculum.