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ERIC Number: EJ903512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Taming the Chaos
Johnson, Doug
Learning & Leading with Technology, v38 n3 p20-23 Nov 2010
The ability to distract has put the use of laptops, netbooks, cell phones, PDAs, iPod/MP3 players, and portable game players on the banned list in many schools. Educators are discovering that students are more interested in online resources, such as Facebook, game sites, chat, and YouTube, than classroom lectures and textbook chapters about the Crimean War, square roots, or past participles. As the author has learned from his experiences both as an instructor and as a student, technology can indeed be a distraction in any teaching/learning environment. In this article, the author discusses how K-12 instructors compete with the portable devices, manage the distractive qualities of technology in schools, and use these very technologies to improve learning and teaching. He presents five ways that districts, schools, and teachers manage technology distractions: (1) burn it; (2) do business as usual; (3) limit the use of technologies; (4) enhance traditional practices; and (5) use the technology to restructure the educational process. (Contains 9 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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