"...Nobody is in the room. The professor is just another open browser window, 1 of 10." --UNC graduate student on the distracted classroom experience
Immersion in online technology and media has fundamentally changed the way our minds work, the way we gather information and split our attention. It may be harder than ever for educators to avoid coming across like the monotonous economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
. I taught high school 10 years ago, and in many ways I am thankful that I was teaching in the era before networked laptops.
I was a talented teacher, but let's face it, when you are trying to convince 16-year-olds that they really are interested in learning chemistry at 8:30 in the morning, it helps to have a captive audience.
Now teachers face new pressures: competing for their students' attention inside the classroom, and presenting material in a way that resembles the variety of mass media that teens consume on average more than 40 hours a week.… Read more