Go Pollock – Our first stroke of the brush
Picture a class of students as a large white canvas in front of you. Now imagine that all ideas, thoughts and knowledge in your students’ minds have different colors, currently still invisible to you. So to make better sense of your class, you want to make their colors visible — by bringing them onto the blank canvas. You ask a question to a few selected students, listen carefully and engage meaningfully — and complete your first strokes of the brush:
As a teacher, you know how to appreciate a work of art with its composition, its mood and its message. A confident red. A spontaneous splatter. A light stroke. Perhaps even a silly dot. Yet, you might wonder:
Is this painting finished — or can we possibly go further?
What if you really could see more brush strokes — your students’ ideas, thoughts and knowledge? How might it look?
To answer these questions, we turned to the work of Jackson Pollock, an abstract expressionist artist who was famously known for his complex drip paintings.
Thinking about his artwork, he once explained:
It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
It is in Jackson Pollock’s perspective and mindset, where we found the perfect metaphor and guidance on how to “go Pollock” — how to find harmony in a complex, human learning environment.
With this philosophy at heart, we have set out to build a bold educational technology company. After months of dedicated work by our team at Pollock Technologies, we are proud to present our very own first stroke of the brush:
Go Pollock — a tool for teachers that complements in-class teaching with immediate feedback on every student’s level of understanding.
It is our hope that with our web-based technology, educators around the world will have more important insights when it matters the most: during a class session. Engaging every single student, giving everyone a voice and leading the class as a team to new horizons.