Ask3 is a like a concept car. We don’t sell it.
We are testing ideas for future products and conversing with like-minded teachers about the possibilities.
High Performing Team
Ask3 is our experiment in collaborative education:
We are attempting to turn a group of self-focused individual students into a highly collaborative, high-performing team.
As former teachers, we know the power of students teaching students. Initially, we chafed when a student repeated our own words to another student, only to have their peer reply, “Oh, now, I get it.” Ultimately, we embraced the idea that students learn well from their peers and that students learn best when teaching.
Our goal with Ask3 is to help a student care more about their classmates’ learning and actively contribute to their peers’ success. When they do, learning will improve and the class will become a very special place. To create that future, we are attempting to develop features in Ask3 that will enable teachers to move students from consumers of your knowledge to creators of their own.
No Spare Tire?
Concept cars don’t have spare tires or air conditioning. They focus their effort on the experimental stuff, not on the tried and true. So it is with Ask3.
Ask3 is similarly missing obvious features. For example, we don’t have a way to organize your video library. Some classes have over 200 videos. A real product would enable you to create folders. And trust me, we know how to make folders. But folders don’t really help us learn how to turn students into student teachers. Thus far, we have not prioritized this request.
We see a future where students are engaged in learning by teaching. A future where they ask for the teacher’s and fellow students’ help in understanding, so that they can share that knowledge with another. When they do so, that knowledge becomes permanent and their relationships blossom in truly meaningful ways.
Start Your Experiment
We would love you to experiment with us by downloading Ask3 with your class!
- Begin by having students make a video about themselves.
- Invite them to comment on fellow student videos.
- Have them teach a concept they’ve mastered before a test.
- Encourage the students to “star” a video or comment that is helpful to them.
- Show them how their ‘ranking’ goes up when they help other students.
We’re confident you’ll know how to use the tool best in your class and can drive us to make it work even better to increase student collaboration and engagement. Let us know what we can do to build high-performing teams in your class!