Every message is, in one sense or another, a simulation of some idea. It may be representational or abstract. The essence of a medium is very much dependent on the way messages are embedded, changed, and viewed. Although digital computers were originally designed to do arithmetic computation, the ability to simulate the details of any descriptive model means that the computer, viewed as a medium itself, can be all other media if the embedding and viewing methods are sufficiently well provided. Moreover, this new “meta medium” is active—it can respond to queries and experiments—so that the messages may involve the learner in a two-way conversation. This property has never been available before except through the medium of an individual teacher. We think the implications are vast and compelling.
Every time when a message is given by a person or just stated in a book or internet, it is interpreted differently by whoever was exposed to it. In group assignments when the teacher give students a statement to interpret on, each student would have a different view or opinion of what the statement means. People may interpret any messages or statements differently, but they aren’t wrong.
Although people may have different interpretations, they provide themselves with many choices to work with in group assignments. As people with different interpretations of a message get together, they are teaching each other that it can mean something else, which allows each other to think outside the box.