If you were a teacher, will you encourage your students to join here?

@boogerman (1548)
Philippines
November 1, 2009 8:32pm CST
Just came up to this idea. What if a teacher encourage his/her students to join here to help them improve their writing skills and also for them to earn extra money, aside from that, they can also learn some interesting information. And in return, he/she will also earn because the teacher have his/her students as referrals What would be your opinion for this?
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@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I am an instructor on emergency courses. Usually the course is just a few days. Well, I do encourage those who take my course to join mylot. For as long as they are free, then they can post and earn something rather than chat all day without earning something. It's really worthwhile. They also get to learn and gain more friends. So obviously it is an advantage for them as well as for me if they become active.
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Hello jpso. Where are you working?
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I agree with that, instead of spending their time on chatting, why not invite them to join here? They can learn lot of things from here and it can help them to earn extra money. As suggested by koalapenguin, it is nice to hold a meeting about that, try to explain it well so it will be approved and you can get your students as referrals. They will be active if you set as a homework for them to participate in here. But as I had posted on my other comments here, you must guide them on how to use the site properly and teach them on how to control addiction in here or to manage their time wisely.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I had that idea before and it seems that there's nothing wrong about it. Then again, if they spend too much time on the site, say they got to interested, their parents might not like it when their children spend too much time on the computer. I guess some discussions here too are a bit too much for students so, depending on the age of the students, I guess some discussions are alright. Yeah, the earning part is already there but, if it would be alright for such outside factors, I guess you have nothing to worry about.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Yes, there is nothing to worry about if we know how to guide them well on controlling addiction and on time management. The earnings thing is what can make them addicted in here and might cause them to neglect their studies so to avoid interference, they must be guided properly.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
It would be best if they got really interested in the discussions and not just to earn money since, if they are indeed young students, they might also feel impatient about not earning fast like one would like to happen during the first parts of being here in this site.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
You have a point there, they might be impatient when they focus on the earnings side, it's better when they enjoy participating on discussions. But if their attention is still on the earnings and if they are wondering why it is slow for them, sharing your experience when you first joined here might help them get the answer. But the best way is to give advice on how to maximize earnings and letting them to explore but give some limits if they are young because they might be exposed to some issues that can be sensitive for them.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
If I were a teacher I don't think I will encourage my students to join myLot. I don't want to be held responsible if they fail in the class. Mylot is kinda addicting and I don't think it's a good idea to lure my own students into this. Plus it's also possible that they will get answers of their homework here. They can cheat. Haha. shadow41
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Cheating? There are some homeworks that requires research to get answers and getting information in here is a nice suggestion. Well, its up to them if they can balance their activities. If you encourage them, it is also your responsibility to guide them on how to control addiction in here and remind them that their priority is to study and participating here is for them to relax or to have fun.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Yes you're right that some homework needs research from the net. But I think there's not much to research here at myLot. You can get readily available answers from members here. And I think that's cheating. Plus you can't guide all your students to minimize their myLotting activities because once they're outside of the school your power over them is limited. But the fact the you referred them to myLot will never change. You can be blame but you really can't control all things to keep their parents or guardians from blaming you. And if you refer them here, you will earn from them and I don't think it's a good idea because the concept of it is just like asking donations from your students. Bwahaha. And if you won't give your referral link to them then what's the point of introducing them here at myLot right? shadow41
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Well, if they do such thing as getting answers from members here, maybe it is just being resourceful. About addiction in here, it is a good replacement for their habit of chatting, most of those who use internet just prefer to chat only so why not encourage them? Anyway, you have a point that it is similar on getting donations from students but on the other side, they can learn a lot from here as well as it can help them to earn extra money. I just come up with this thing because it is hard to get referrals and to encourage them to be active. And on the side of learning, I saw the point that it can be applied to teaching. What if they discuss their lessons in here after class, it can refresh their minds and it can also help them to understand it well. That was nice, isn't it?
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
2 Nov 09
I think if i am honest i will not ask them to join here. reason is not behind the quality etc. reason is that. it can be an addiction for them and they will not know how long they should work here, i think if they start earning here they will give their more time and this will obiously make them far from studies and this is not good. so being an ideal teacher i will not ask them to join this.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
You are right on the point that it may lead to addiction. But interference on studies by participating in here can be avoided if they know how to manage their time wisely. In fact, most of the students who use internet prefer only to chat where they can't earn and doesn't help them to enhance their skills, they just learn chat/sms type of writing. So why not introduce this site to them so they can have the opportunity to earn and for some improvements such as learning lots of things from discussions here. Addiction can be controlled when time is managed properly. What do you think?
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
2 Nov 09
i think you are right some what as the motto you have that is good. As you want to enhance the skill of your students. but in my view there is no specific section here which can be benificial alot in term of enhancing the skill. and i also dont think they are enough matured to paricipate in these discussions where mostly people are above 20. May be your view is good but in my view you cant monitor all the time those children where they are moving. and they even dont know the better management of time and what is good or bad for them. by this we just open a single good door for them but many potential infeasible doors too. which is think can more hazard them.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
You are right, there could be a risk of that. Maybe I'm just looking only on the good side.
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Hi boogerman. First of all, are you a teacher? I am not really sure to recommend this site to students since some of them might not have internet connection at home. They might tell their parents that it is required. So first i think i will tell the idea first to the head of the school and maybe call for a meeting regarding this matter. If it is approved, then i might as well provide them my referral link.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
No, I'm a student. I just come up with this idea since it is hard to get referrals and to keep them active in here. Well, you have a point about the fact that not all students have their internet connection but the solution for that, maybe the school should provide at least one computer with internet connection (much better if there are more) for the students who don't have a computer for them to share. About asking for approval from the head or director of the school, that would be a nice idea and if you try to explain all of its benefits such as to help improve writing skills, typing speed, learning information and to earn extra money, that would surely be approved. If it is, you can get referrals and as their referrer, try to guide them on how to use the site properly and teach them how to balance their activities so participating in here will not cause interference to their studies.
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• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Yes, i just hope they could be active here and can still concentrate on their studies at the same time. I was asking myself a while ago if why didn't i discovered this site in the first place? Then i realized, i was too busy to surf the net especially when doing paper works. But it will be a nice idea! especially for the referrer's part.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Ok, I will return the question, are you a teacher? Yes, it would be nice on both sides. The students will learn while earning and the teacher will guide them while also earning from the students. Well, if you do that meeting for the agreement about that, give your best to explain it well so it will be approved.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I might. I think the discussions can be very enlightening. You are correct that it could possibly help with writing skills. You can gain a lot of knowledge from reading these discussions as well. I might be worried that some of the discussions might be to adult for my students but I believe there are precautions for things like that on this website.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
You have a point. But it can be avoided by telling them not to check on the box labeled 'allow mature content'. It blocks users from reading discussions with words that considered as mature content, they can only view those discussions when they allow it on their preferences. But there are times where you need to allow it. Example, when you are discussing about a part of a chicken (bre*st) on cooking, users that block mature content cannot view that discussion. Sorry for late reply, I got disconnected.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Yes, you can avoid the mature content that's for sure. It is a litte annoying when you are responding to a cooking discussion and you have to use an alternative word for chicken brea*t. But at the same time I am glad to know that there are precautions in place, and I think overall mylot could be a great tool for students.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
i think its possible, as long as they post quality discussions and articles. But i wouldnt encourage them to stay here too much, because mylot is addicting and they may not have enough time to study haha!
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
You have a point there, they might neglect their studies because it is addicting in here. Anyway, that would be another challenge to them to balance their studies and working here and they can learn 'time management'. Of course, it must be regulated to avoid distraction to other subjects. For example just set it for them as a homework to participate here so they have time to enjoy here. Or, let them to participate on weekends. What do you think?
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Hello, drewojeda! You are right, there are lots of benefits here such as learning interesting information and an opportunity to earn extra money here. Yes, they must be warned of a few things here by teaching the guidelines to them so they can avoid violations here. If you teach them how to earn well here such as posting quality content, barging or interacting with others on discussions and other strategies, you also earn more.
@balasri (26554)
• India
24 Dec 09
I think that I may allow them to join here.They are exposed to more bad things in the internet nowadays.I think this is one of the most decent forums available on the net right now.People stand to gain a lot by joining here.So many myths about the foreigners are broken here.So any new things are learned.One's typing speed improves a lot.And the English get polished tremendously.So why not the students join and get benefited and have fun at the same time.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
4 Jan 10
You are right, there is nothing wrong with letting them to join in here as long as they are mature enough to manage their time wisely in order not to affect their studies. Yes, there are some bad things on the internet and they might forget it if they tried to participate here. There are lots of benefits aside from earning such as learning new things from people of different countries and to improve typing speed and grammar, and more. The issue of being exposed to mature content, especially to minors, can be avoided by telling them not to allow mature content.
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
25 Nov 09
It's a good idea to recommend the students to join in mylot, actually students will learn much different from school, and can earn extra money for them. However the problem was that some students don't have enough time to use computer, and maybe they don't have their computer to connect internet, and the second problem was whether will effect their studies. If I am a teacher, I should consider the many factors on the students.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
25 Nov 09
You are right, there are many things to consider before applying it into reality. If the issue is about they don't have time to use computer, that seems to be impossible because most students, particularly teenagers spend their time on the computer for research, making projects, chatting and playing games. If they joined in here, it can reduce or eliminate their habit of chatting because it is better to post in here to earn extra money. If the problem is about others do not have their own computer to connect to the internet, maybe the school shoud provide a computer to be shared by those that who don't have their own, much better if there are more. Cell phones can be also used to post in here so those who have it can participate. As I mentioned on my comment above, it might be applicable for those who are mature enough to manage their time wisely so they can avoid addiction that may cause interference to their studies.
@milfea (519)
• Philippines
23 Nov 09
Hello Boogerman. :). I think it is not a bad idea. :). It makes students' english good because they could get to practice. And mylot community is very comforting. Mylot is synonymous to learning. So, I think it's okay. :)
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
25 Nov 09
Yes, it can be related to learning because it can help them to improve. But there must be some limitations for that because as mentioned by other users who responded in here, the issues about addiction in here is hard to avoid if their attention is only on earnings. Another issue was on discussions with sensitive content but it can be easily solved by just letting the box labeled 'allow mature content?' as unchecked so they can't view topics with that content. Maybe it is applicable only when the students are on the proper age and also when they are responsible enough to manage their time on their activities and on participating in here.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I think this would be a wonderful idea. The students would just have to be aware that there are some mature discussions on this site, as well as some serious ones. I know they could avoid those, if they were responsible. Also it is quite addicting. =p I've only been here for a day and I can't stop looking around! For improving their writing skills, it would be a good thing, but only if they actually tried to improve it.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
You are right. Maybe it is applicable only for those students who are responsible enough that they can manage their time wisely. Yes, it is quite addicting we should know how to control it. About exposure to mature content, it can be avoided by letting the box labeled 'allow mature content' as unchecked. In default, it is unchecked so in that way, minors are not able to view discussions of that kind. Sometimes, it is also needed to allow it when on the proper age, try to read on the first page, I posted some situation regarding mature content there. Welcome to mylot!
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Yes, i will. My joining here was because of my daughter. She took up a two-day training related to her profession. Their trainor introduced mylot and other earning sites to them. She told me about it and gave way for me to join because I was the one more interested. Although mylot does not restrict two accounts in a household (while others do), we foresaw that we will be racing ourselves for time to get to the laptop first. It will be a good venue to hone the writing skills with the use of the English language not only for students but for everyone else. The monetary gain from referrals is an added bonus to the teacher.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Nov 09
In a certain sense, I think this is a brilliant idea. I'm not a teacher, but if I were a teacher and more specifically an English teacher to seniors and juniors in high school, I would most definitely recommend them to join mylot. Not only does it help with your writing skills, it also helps with your typing skills and you also learn a lot with the time that you spend here. The only reason that I wouldn't recommend it to students that are younger than juniors in high school is that I feel there are too many discussions that are too mature for younger students.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
You are right, there are lots of things to learn from here aside from enhancing the skills on writing. But if your problem is about the risk that the minors would read sensitive content, it can be solved by not letting them to put a check on the box labeled 'allow mature content'. In that way, they are not allowed to view discussions that might be sensitive for children. As I posted on my comment on the third response, I included there an example about those who do not allow to read the discussion if there are words considered as 'mature content' used on it. The system automatically detects if a discussion, response, or comment had used some words that considered as mature content. Another problem might happen is addiction in here, and the solution for that is to guide them properly.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
2 Nov 09
if they were old enough, sure, why not? most kids/teens wouldnt be interested in this though, they would rather hang out with their friends!
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Maybe they will like here if they know that they can earn from here.
• India
2 Nov 09
Well, if someone does it then it could be seen as a teacher giving extra classes for his students and also getting paid for it. But I don't think I would ask my students to go for myLotting, mainly they will surely end up addicted to it and will start spending all their time on the site. [just the way I do.. :) Lols]
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Yes, it is! It might lead to addiction because there is fun while earning in here. Maybe it will be nice only for students that are on the right age to control addiction and know how to manage time wisely. In that way, participating in here would not be an interference for their studies.
@gmatthews (155)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I would not. I think it's great to encourage students to write and I might possibly start a message board for my own class to use, I would not suggest them to become mylotters. I do not think that most of the content on here is for school aged children.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Well, if you are worrying about the chance that the minors might view some sensitive issues, it can be avoided by telling them not to check the box labeled 'allow mature content' on their preferences, as I posted on my comment on the third response. If the words considered as 'mature content' are used on a discussion, only users who allow mature content can view the discussion while those who disable it cannot view that topic. If that is your problem, maybe this can help you. If you tried to invite them to join in here, guide them properly and everything would be fine.
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Why not! There's no harm for students joining here in this site. It could even be their training ground to develop their talent. And, you're right, it will all the more improve their skills and abilities. Exposing these students to different kinds of topic in this site could tap their imagination and creativeness making them more sensitive and responsive to various issues and discussions. And what is more encouraging to write here is not only the financial gain they would be receiving but the lessons and experiences they get in writing from this site.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Welcome to mylot! I guess, this is your first post, right? Well, you are right, it can enhance their creativity and being imaginative. Yes, there are lots of things to learn from here. When you guided your referrals well, such as avoiding addiction in here and time management, everything would be fine. Have a nice day!
• India
2 Nov 09
Oh well mylot gradually becomes an addiction to many young people. So as a teacher I wouldn’t want my students to enroll here and then neglect their regular studies. Apart from the knowledge, there’s money involved too and these young people can really spend hours in front of their net. So no, I would not introduce my students to mylot.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Yes, addiction in here can be an issue, as mentioned by other users here. Maybe giving regulations or guiding them can help to prevent that. They can spend a long time on posting in here but it is a better replacement for chatting when they use the internet. The point that they can earn from participating in here is that can make them addicted in here but when you tried to encourage them, try to control them.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Good point boogerman. If I were a teacher, not only that I will encourage them to join but I might make it a practicum for them if the subject I am teaching is English language. I will ask them to post well written and gramatically correct discussions and report them to class explaining the grammatical constructions of the sentences. I will not hope to much on the referrals since I doubt if they will be able to continue given the limitations of time. good topic.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Yes, that could be great when it is set as an activity for them. If you do that, you should guide them and see how they write and watch out for the improvements later. Even if you earn a little on each one that you referred, you can earn more if you have more referrals and much better if they participate well by giving lots of quality posts that's why I come up with this idea of getting referrals.
@luckyke (56)
• China
2 Nov 09
Yes!i used to be an English teacher, i always encourage my students to learn English in kinds of different ways. Although mylot will take much time from students, but i think, as long as they can arrange their learning time and free time reasonablly, they should be able to use mylot to learn better. Besides, the money they earn by mylot will encourage them to keep moving in the way of learning and using English.
@boogerman (1548)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Yes, as long as they can manage their time wisely, it cannot harm their studies. But before you do that, you can follow the suggestion of koalapenguin that a meeting must be held for agreement about the idea of encouraging students to join in here. They can have fun while learning to improve their skills, especially on writing and of course, to earn money. But as their referrer, you should guide them well so in return, you can earn more as well as to them. To prevent them from geting addicted in here, you should teach them how to manage their time or set it as homework for them to participate in here, especially on weekends where they can enjoy spending their leisure time. It can be a good replacement from their addiction to chatting because most of the students who use internet prefer only to chat. If they join here, it will be their new habit when using the internet.