If At First You Don’t Succeed – Try, Try Again

Eleanor Kennedy Blog, Iterative Creativity

It’s a proverb made popular in the 1800s, one that can be applied to many of life’s disciplines. But, it has to be noted how fitting it is that the famous saying, which acts as a piece of advice to those facing adversity, was made famous by an educational writer (William Edward Hickson).

Iteration is a huge part of a student’s learning experience. It’s foolish to think skills can be perfected and knowledge obtained at first deliverance. Yes, the speed at which knowledge is retained depends on the person. One student might have to recite their multiplication tables twice before they are memorized, while another student recites them five times.

But what is important to remember is that each time you make a mistake, you’re a step closer to getting it right. One would suggest this is a startup culture, and perhaps it is. According to Edutopia, many educators that seek to incorporate design thinking and collaborative processes into teaching and learning are looking to the unique culture exemplified by startup companies.

They say that by embracing these business models for learning, teachers somewhat become entrepreneurs themselves as they take on a DIY spirit and transform the process of constructing meaning and searching for knowledge. By choosing this startup culture, these educators and their schools are essentially placing a renewed focus on the role of the learner by enabling them to search for solutions to their problems through design activities and iteration.

At 30hands, this is preached daily. Failure is a stepping stone to success, and iteration is a key part of that. Our apps help students utilize this process while making learning fun again. 

When we designed 30hands Storyteller (30hands Pro and 30hands Web), we felt it was important that the app help students learn better and become stronger. It had to be fun to use but also promote learning. Ironically, many educational apps are more fun than educational. For us, it was important that video creation and iteration went hand in hand.

That’s why 30hands Storyteller emphasizes repetitive learning or, as we like to say, Iterative Creativity. Not only can a user create a video very easily, but he or she can make it better as they continue to review and revise drafts. The simplicity involved with students and teachers creating effective videos with 30hands means they spend less time learning the technology and more time learning their lessons.

30hands also encourages students to teach back what they learn, thus allowing them to become more engaged in the classroom and retain knowledge longer.

And if they make a mistake in doing so? Who cares! Mistakes are made to be corrected, especially in the classroom.

Check out our popular Digital Storytelling product for iPads, 30hands Storyteller Pro, and our new browser-based version for laptops and Chromebooks, 30hands Storyteller Web!

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