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Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?

Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?

Distracted learning is, at times, hardly learning at all. Learn how multitasking during class affects learning and what you can do to change student behaviors and attitudes about dividing attention during class time.

Weaned on technology, today’s students can juggle more inputs from various stimuli than can any other generation.

They can process and prioritize incoming signals and either act on them or store them instantly.

And their devices are more than extensions of their arms. They are extensions of themselves.

Ask any Millennial and he or she will tell you that communicating virtually is as natural as breathing. They can do it without looking, without even thinking.

It’s truly amazing. Only it isn’t true at all.

Yes, many of today’s students – even those born before 1985 – are adept at incorporating technology into every moment of their lives.

But just because they are doing other things while they text, like, or scroll doesn’t mean that they are doing any of it well.

In fact, study after study shows that grades suffer when students use phones, tablets, or computers for purposes other than learning at the same time that they are trying to learn.

Yet when students believe they can successfully divide their attention between their coursework and their devices, it is incredibly difficult to get them to stop.

But that doesn’t mean you have to surrender their attention to Facebook and Instagram during your class.

It just means you have to approach the problem a little differently, and you can learn how in Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class? a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Maryellen Weimer, editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog.

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