Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say
November 1, 2012
She also wondered if teachers were adding to the problem by adjusting their lessons to accommodate shorter attention spans. “Are we contributing to this?” Ms. Molina-Porter said.
“What’s going to happen when they don’t have constant entertainment?”
Scholars who study the role of media in society say no long-term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of digital technology.
But there is mounting indirect evidence that constant use of technology can affect behavior, particularly in developing brains, because of heavy stimulation and rapid shifts in attention.
nearly 90 percent [of teachers] said that digital technologies were creating “an easily distracted generation with short attention spans.
The heavy technology use, Dr. Christakis said, “makes reality by comparison uninteresting.”
Dr. Dimitri Christakis,
studies the impact of technology on the brain
director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital
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