Very interesting article in today’s NY Times which reports there is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys released today.
One survey was conducted by the Pew Internet Project, a division of the Pew Research Center that focuses on technology-related research. The other was from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that advises parents on media use by children.
As an adjunct professor, I can see where teachers are coming from on this. Conversely, I say to these teachers…EVOLVE OR DIE! Embrace the technology and use it to your advantage to engage students.
In fact, many teachers in the study said technology could be a useful educational tool. For example, they cite that access to the Internet and search engines had made students more self-sufficient researchers.