In the modern classroom, keeping students engaged comes with new challenges that past eras of teaching did not have to face. More specifically, digital distractions — incoming texts, alluring social media, and irrelevant web-browsing — are pulling attention away at a rate unparalleled by passing notes, whispering to your neighour, or simple daydreaming.
Technology in education is a hotly debated issue, with experts, parents, teachers, and students weighing in every day. But less frequently discussed is how technology’s design can impact students and influence their behavior.
Today's fast-paced innovation is putting pressure on the human brain in more ways now than in all of human history. Our attention spans are shortening, mankind's propensity to multi-task is at an all-time high, and technology designers know exactly how to keep us in an endless loop that's made focusing more difficult than ever.
A recent addiction study found that an “uncontrollable need” to use smartphones is on the rise among young people. Out of 3000 adults surveyed, one fifth of those aged 18–29 showed signs of “moderate to severe problematic use” of their devices, compared with only 2.2 percent of those over the age of 30.
Technology is changing the world of education, but could it be doing a better job? Pamela Pavliscak, a sought-after expert and advisor on emotion and technology, shares her thoughts on our relationship with technology, where technology needs to be to enhance education, and how we can use technology more positively.
Students might be considered digital natives, but that doesn't mean they will immediately understand or know how to use a new app, software, or other technology that you're introducing to your class. There will always be a learning curve for students who are trying something new and unfamiliar. So first, ask yourself these questions: What's the purpose of introducing or using this technology? Is there an incentive that needs to be clearly defined? What are my expectations around the use of this technology? >>> Check out our free Syllabus Template <<<
Tools that measure audience engagement are abundant on the internet— sites like Google Analytics measure how long we spend on a website, which pages pique interest more than others, and what content engages its readers most effectively.