Standing in the Back, Watching the Screens

Jonathan Martin, Connected Principals, Mar 31, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting observation - not a survey, but consistent with my own experience: "When the topics appeared relevant to students, the note-taking pages appeared; when the topics veered to the arcane and irrelevant, the screens veered to facebook, gaming sites, and other distractions... (when) asking questions to facilitate conversation, something else fascinating happened. Nearly half of the screens veered away from both note-taking pages and distractions; appearing instead were google, wikipedia, and other information source sites... I think of this as parallel processing, and it is going to be pretty hard to persuade me this is anything but positive practice by our students."
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