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CEO Mike Shannon at the ASU GSV Summit

“We are reversing education’s fast-answer epidemic, reviving the life skill of asking great questions by awakening and fueling lifelong curiosity, no matter the scale.”

Listen to our co-founder and CEO Mike Shannon discuss the mission of Packback at the ASU/GSV conference.

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Student-Driven Discussions with Packback

At Packback, we believe that when students are given an opportunity to be curious and ask the big questions, they’ll be equipped with skills to become future innovators. Packback encourages students to explore classroom materials in a new and interesting way, which makes students more willing to engage and apply their learnings.

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Watch Packback’s Jessica Tenuta at TEDxNormal

Our cofounder, Jessica Tenuta spoke at TEDxNormal 2015 about the critical importance of cultivating curiosity in education. We believe that every great innovation is born out of a great question…but students are being taught to answer questions in school, not ask them.

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About Moderation: Plagiarism and Mostly Quoted Material

Why was your post moderated?

We believe material taken from online sources should supplement your learning and not overpower your unique ideas! The original content in your post should be enough to stand alone and not depend on quotes or citations to make a point. Your post was moderated because a portion of it was found to have contained material quoted word-for-word from one or multiple online sources. This text outweighed the amount of originality from you and we felt your post could benefit from more of your own unique ideas!

Why do we moderate for plagiarism and mostly quoted material?

We consider posts that contain a majority of quoted text (even if it’s properly cited) to serve more to demonstrate accuracy of facts rather than creativity and curiosity. These types of posts don’t fully demonstrate the depth of the material you’re learning because the thoughts being posted don’t highlight your own curiosity which could lead to a higher quality discussion!

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