Distraction is a problem. It’s only anecdotal evidence but I’m seeing more distracted drivers. Their heads drop while they check their phones at the stop light. The light changes and they don’t move. No one honks because everyone else is checking their phones too. Exaggeration? Perhaps but a new study in Canada suggests that distraction in the classroom is a problem too. According to a story in the Toronto-based Globe and Mail not only does computer use adversely affect the ability of computer users to concentrate in class (resulting in lower test scores) but it also distracts those students taking notes by hand. The lure of the screen is too much. “Something exciting is happening in the world. Sometime is trying to contact me, I just know it.”
Students who took notes by hand did better in class.
The HB has been covering this since 2007.
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ps. I had trouble finishing this post because I was bombed by text messages from my family. Mea culpa.