Is Technology a Distraction?

It is natural to be distracted! We need to stop judging ‘young people’ and their being distracted, having short attention spans, or whatever other denigrating phraseology we can come up with about them being less engaged in classrooms across North America.

Collectively, we have an obligation to engage those that we are teaching or working with.  To simply blame technology for students being ‘more distracted’ is both limp and counterproductive.  And by adpoting this mindset, we will never succeed in getting the ‘full attention’ of anyone.


Interesting post  – I encourage the reader to read the entire post (link above). What are your thoughts? Does digital technology distract? What else can distract? Should the educator expect full attention or earn it?

Blaming students and technology instead of us

This is primarily a pedagogical and/or supervision issue, not a student or technology issue. When are the students off task in this scenario? When the teacher is lecturing to them and they’re just supposed to sit passively and take notes. Are they engaged? Are they interested? Do they get other opportunities to use technology besides taking notes? It doesn’t appear so. If I were a student in those classes and I had a laptop, I’d be off task too [yawn].

Classroom management stems from good instruction. Engaging learning environments mitigate ‘off-task’ behavior. We need to stop blaming students or laptops for our own failure to create better learning spaces (and that’s true whether we’re talking P-12 or postsecondary). Mindless compliance from students? No thanks.

Good post for thought by Scott McLeod.