Recently I surveyed teachers to ask what they did to cope with the distracting elements of technology. Here are some practical ideas:
• Discuss it as a teachable moment, and open it up to the class. Ask who has experienced this, and what their ideas and suggestions are for coping
• Start with a 2 minute “Facebook time” at the beginning of class. Allow students a brief time to check postings before laptops are used only for class projects
• Engage the entire department/school/district and begin a dialogue and sharing session. Establish some guidelines all the educators agree with, and reinforce in all classes
• Employ mindfulness techniques as a thread throughout your class. Encourage students to research these ideas and to bring in articles or thoughts to benefit the class
• Set a timer for multitasking and have students do the same at home. Then set a longer time for focused work.
• Have students create a “digital diary” and record all their use of technology for the week. Aggregate results, discuss, and brainstorm solutions. Have some ideas ready as well
• Start with some reading and follow with a discussion. A good one is from the New York Times is at http://tinyurl.com/kozjvyv
I’ll be researching Digital Distraction and will share more in future blog posts. What do you do to cope? Have you experienced it yourself?