Obstacles Created by the Tech-Based Contemporary Learning Environment

 

What are the obstacles? 

  • iPads are a particularly strong distraction because they contain instant access to multiple sources of information and activity such as email, the Internet, games, calendars, etc.
  • Such access encourages multitasking by students, which is even being called “continuous partial attention.” This type of thinking is not conducive to deeper critical or reflective thought.
  • Many teachers and analysts convincingly argue that behaviors such as texting, social networking and gaming are addictive.
  • All three of these conclusions are hard to deny. So what do we do about it? How do we leverage the power of technology into a fulcrum for enhanced student learning?

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