“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 The idea that memorization is equivalent to real learning is making knowledge outdated and irrelevant quicker than ever before.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.

Today, we are living in a sharing economy. We have a world of information at our fingertips. The problem? Not only is all of that information not always accurate, but it’s too easily accessible. We don’t have to work for it. And, we don’t typically retain that information in a way to utilize it in our lives.

Packback pulls students out of the pattern of expecting an instant answer from ‘Siri’ to all their questions and forces them slow down and question the “unanswerable”. Packback Questions shows how truly engaged students can be, and want to be, when given a channel for expression. That desire to learn is present in every student, and Packback taps into that desire.

But don’t just take our word… hear from Packback students on the importance of curiosity and asking better questions:

“When I started on Packback, I was skeptical. The open-question concept sounded great for philosophy class, but as a physics major, it didn’t seem useful. In just a few weeks of class, I have been proven totally wrong. The questions might be inspired by class, but they extend to topics so much broader (and, admittedly, more interesting!). Packback will get students talking, not just about the material you cover, but about the subject in general. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more important in a class than inspiring students to think for themselves.”

It’s a great way for students to be creative and speak up in a space that is not intimidating or competitive. It’s a chance for us to ask scholarly questions, and wonder how to reply to others.

“Asking a question about anything we are curious about allows for other students to critically think about our question and at the same time we learn something new if someone answers. Asking questions has always helped me in the past whether it was getting clarification on something or learning something completely unknown to me. It can definitely help me in the future and hopefully Packback will be implemented into more classrooms.”

Students should strive and want to learn everyday. Packback fuels our natural curiosity and encourages us to critically think about the material.

“I think that asking questions is a fundamental part of learning, and Packback questions is a natural extension of the existing classroom.”

It’s much more active and fun than a traditional text book. I’m really able to ask questions that I am curious, and receive quality answers from my fellow classmates.

Curiosity takes learning beyond the classroom. It teaches us to continue learning. It teaches us that what is now may not be the future. As students leave the classroom and enter the career world, ingraining curiosity in their minds and challenging them to ask better questions helps set them up for future success.

Packback looks to not only make the time during a student’s education valuable, but to take that value beyond the four walls of the classroom and out into the real world.

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