The Packback Blog

Introducing The “Give Feedback” Feature

Scaling relationships between the professor and each student are hard when class sizes grow; so Packback sees it as a core part of our mission to help professors scale their feedback and impact in their classes. To help professors have more control over the feedback their students receive and to offer a way to provide […]

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.

“Siri, how do I ask a better question?” The Importance of Curiosity in Today’s World.

We live in a time where we need to ask better questions. Our world is fast-paced and ever-changing. Yesterday’s answers don’t work to answer today’s questions. The idea that memorization is equivalent to real learning is making knowledge outdated and irrelevant quicker than ever before. Curiosity is imperative for student success–in school and after graduation–today more than ever.

Curiosity in the Classroom – Utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy

Class, memorize, exam, repeat. Valuable education is about more than memorizing facts and data and passing exams. Students’ thinking is far greater than a GPA. Packback believes that curiosity has a place in every classroom. One framework that encourages curiosity during the cognitive process is Bloom’s Taxonomy. Packback Questions is a student engagement platform that […]

Chuck Klosterman and Questioning the Unquestionable

Curiosity often starts with a question. From the youngest age, children ask, “Why?”, and throughout adulthood, people wonder, “Am I on the right path?” or “How can I make a bigger impact on my community, or the world?” However, what happens when one asks a big question, perhaps the biggest: “What if we’re wrong?”

Socrates and the pursuit of living an examined life

The unexamined life is not worth living.-Socrates Despite the incredible impact Socrates has had on society and education for thousands of years, he left behind few writings of his own. Instead, he lived his work; engaging in conversations with students, academics, politicians and citizens on a relentless search for the ultimate ‘truth’. His teachings are now known […]

Mark Zuckerburg’s process for overcoming inexperience through continuous lifelong learning

We all know the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the “overnight” success of Facebook. His story has become a trope of the entire startup world. We all collectively picture a “startup founder” as a hoodie-wearing, young, driven-to-the-point-of-insanity, college-aged computer hacker…basically Mark himself.

How Mahabir Pun brought access to the whole world to 60,000 Nepalese with wireless internet

Mahabir Pun was born in a village in rural Nepal, in a tiny town called Nangi. Even today, Nangi is three days travel from Nepal’s capital city, and 5 hours by bus from the nearest bus-accessible town. When Mahabir was growing up, his world was limited to what was available to him in his village. […]