If you want to see how technology shapes the way we perceive the world, just look at the way our experience of time has changed as network speeds have increased. Back in 2006, a famous study of onl…
This might as well be a whack upside the head for teachers. As our students become more connected (meaning fast connections) the less patient they become online– as in”less that the blink of an eye” wait time impatient. If this translates to the analog, ‘meatspace’ world (and I suspect it might), then what does it mean for gathering attention in the classroom?
We need to be studying student attention in the classroom where there is unrestricted wireless and device access like my own university one.
Here is Nicholas Carr’s take (and it honestly makes me think that everything I do in my teaching is wrong:
“One thing this study doesn’t tell us — but I would hypothesize as true (based on what I see in myself as well as others) — is that the loss of patience persists even when we’re not online. In other words, digital technologies are training us to be more conscious of and more resistant to delays of all sorts — and perhaps more intolerant of moments of time that pass without the arrival of new stimuli. Because our experience of time is so important to our experience of life, it strikes me that these kinds of technology-induced changes in our perception of delays can have particularly broad consequences.”
Gotta love that oxymoronic understatement–”particularly broad consequences”.
The DELO recordings are up for our first ‘uncolloquium’ on iPad tools and apps. Thanks to DELO for the big assist in recording by Lauren Moseley and uploading to the cloud. Great work. I would especially like to thank Dr. Jane Fife for organizing and Drs. Lenoir, Alsop, Crouther, Ervin, Szerdahelhyi, Jones, and Hughes for going along for the ride.
I would recommend that you skip around and find something you like within the videos. As time permits I will revise this post with some ‘show’ notes.
Here is a link to the powerpoint that I used. As usual “Your Mileage May Vary” but if I can help, let me know.
I am not sure what I am supposed to take from these scattershot factoid videos, but I have to say this left me feeling a little ‘disrupted’ and wondering. Do we have an obligation as teachers to slow the flow and create distraction free learning environments? I am beginning to do this in my classes. I start with some silent reading in the NYT, followed with some discussion both small and large group, some writing, short tech aided lecture, some more writing, and exit slips (digital and analog). This does not mean that I keep them from accessing their mobile devices, but perhaps it should. Since an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out all electronics is unlikely, what are your thoughts on the topic of ‘quietening up’ the classroom and amping up the analog signal?
And take a look at this parody of the original above just for a little balance here.
Once again I show what a fan boy I am of the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog. This new app enables powerpoint file sharing, easy projection, cloud connection to Dropbox or Box, sharing via twitter/FB/email/linkedin, and (neatest of all) the ability to look at your ppt notes without others seeing. Perhaps we will have time to look at this on November 14 in our Cherry Hall “un-colloquium” on iPad apps.