And guess what happened?
My boss has often said that he wishes we could carry penalty flags like football referees, and throw them out when someone says or does something that is so alarming and revealing of their ignorance it's just simply unacceptable. There absolutely should have been a flag on this play as soon as someone suggested it. How could you not see this coming?
The three possible explanations I have come up with:
- The people who planned this activity have never, ever been around high schoolers. Ever.
- The people who planned this activity were high.
- The people who planned this activity were suffering from traumatic brain injury.
The idea itself was a GREAT one - a fantastic way to keep students engaged in the seminar and to take away the fear of asking a question out loud in front of a crowd. Brilliant really.
BUT... no safeguards? Come on, it would have been ridiculously easy to set this up so that someone had to approve the questions before they were displayed. Appropriate question? Click, displayed. Inappropriate question or statement? Click, rejected. The end.
Tech is not the enemy, people. Lack of common sense is. If you don't have a firm grasp on the latter, don't use the former.