June 05, 2017

The Distracted Classroom

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Every day in class, faculty members wage a constant battle with cellphones and laptops for the attention of students. In this series, James M. Lang explores the impasse over how to cope with those unwanted digital distractions.

When cellphones distract students from engaging work in class, the users can regulate themselves far more effectively than we can.

A look at solutions in the latest column of our series on teaching and digital disturbances.

Today’s devices do have a more negative effect on students’ attention span than did new technologies of the past.

New research may help us break the impasse over how to cope with digital diversions in the classroom.