Every semester, professor Dr. Josie Ahlquist challenges her Leadership in the Digital Age students at Florida State University with a unique task. “Unplug from social-based platforms for 7 days,” she says to a class of hesitant college students. Allowing room for negotiation, Dr. Ahlquist has seen her challenges run for as few as two days and as many as seven, and she requests that students document their experience throughout. The results showcase a facinating journey of self-discovery and reflection as these students shed social media for the duration of the challenge.
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.
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.
As a former college student, I remember one morning arriving to class a few minutes before it began. Taking a seat with a coffee in hand, I unfolded the newspaper I'd picked up on the subway ride over and began reading (it was 2010 and I didn't consume news on my phone yet). Once class started, I didn't look up from the paper until my teacher loudly repeated, for a second time, that I put it away.