Alright, I’m the first to admit this is pretty ridiculous:
It’s not real – simply an idea I came up with as I saw the SAME students “going to the bathroom” again, the same as they do probably 3 times a day or more.
This isn’t really tech in the way we’re growing accustomed to thinking about it today, but more in the tinkering days of old – and frankly this is a piece of technology I’d happily buy if someone made it.
Here’s the idea:
A simple light with a timer installed in it. The teacher can choose the time limit – maybe anywhere from 3 – 7 minutes. When a student has to leave to go to the bathroom, they tap the buzzer (which is off by default) and go to the bathroom. When the time is up, the light goes on. Simple as that.
So what’s the point?
As a teacher, you know about how long it takes to go to the bathroom and get back. You can choose a reasonable amount of time, and allow your students the freedom to respond to Nature’s call.
It also gives you some classroom management control:
- Only one student out at a time
- If the light goes on and the student isn’t back, pick your penalty. Mark them tardy or absent? Make them tidy the room at the end of the class? Write an essay on why they needed so long (CAREFUL with that one, you may not want to read it!). Etc.
- What’s it worth?
Depending on your schooling situation, it could be a novelty, or it could be awesomely invaluable, putting the impetus of responsibility on the student and not on you to chase them down and count how long they’re gone.
I’d happily pay $12.
If you’re an ambitious type and actually want to design this and send it off for production, just send me a free prototype, and the idea is yours. Actually, if you make it, let me know! I’ll help you sell it!
To those who just want one, what would you pay for one? How would you use it?