Perhaps, the most frequent excuse I have used for my own limited use of all things internet is my own desire to be more personable in real life. Too many times have I seen people face-deep into Facebook across the table from a nearly mirrored reflection face-deep in Twitter or vice versa. People have become so reliant on social media that they have ceased being sociable. I experience the same type of captivation in my own classroom, my students are in awe of my teaching, okay, they are in awe of google. Having one to one electronic devices is sometimes a curse.
Students constantly have multiple tabs open while doing projects, writing papers or taking notes. Nine times out of ten, however, the tabs are completely off topic and do nothing but distract my students. Don’t get me wrong, my students may not be angels but they are far from awful. The problem lies in multitasking. Most of my students tend to think of multitasking as a positive trait. Despite my best efforts to show them the benefits of doing one task at a time, and how much is missed by trying to take on multiple tasks they persist in trying to multitask.
Multitasking leads to another problem: attentiveness, or lack there of. I am aware that a teenager’s ability to focus is not that of an adult, but they still boggle my mind. I am reminded of a video that I showed them when we discussed multitasking and attentiveness.