I’m posting this as I was in the middle of answering 40 emails and putting the media player on pause. The WHI links follow an excellent interview with T. David Gordon on this very problem. I was particularly struck by his struggle to regain his classroom from computer-distracted students.
Long-time readers of this space may remember that has been a topic of concern here too. Nothing I’ve experienced since 2007, when I first addressed this, has changed my mind. Students are more distracted by phones and laptops/notebook computers not less so. Thus, I continue to exhort them each semester to try setting aside their computers in favor of listening to what is being said.
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