Multitasking in the Classroom
Posted Feb 09, 2011
Today many classrooms have wireless internet access and most teens have cell phones. Taking notes while surfing the web, texting in class and listening to a lecture while updating facebook are becoming the norm in many classrooms. On Bam! Radio, I, along with MIT professor Sherry Turkle, discussed practical solutions for educators in combating the problem of multitasking. The first and most powerful step is education. By informing students about the research, educators can help combat the prevalent myth that multitasking is an effective tool. Once educated, students can be asked, or hopefully will decide on their own, to turn off technology and focus on the task at hand.
For more practical ways educators and parents can help, listen to Bam! Radio's Inside The Minds of Teens and check out Dr. Sherry Turkle's new book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.