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Managing class in the age of distraction: 6 ideas

Managing your class in the age of distraction? It’s a quandary for many teachers, WJU EdTech reports. Do I allow them to use their device? What if they surf the web or go to Facebook? It’s easy to give the answer I commonly give – make your class engaging enough and they will pay attention. But this may not be fool proof. I recently read a blog by Dr. Maryellen Weimer The Teaching Professor. Dr. Weimer is a highly regarded authority in effective college teaching. She wrote about a study by Kuznekoff and Titsworth (2013), and described how students who use their mobile phones during class lectures tend to write down less, recall less, and perform worse on multiple choice tests. Phones can be distracting – for anyone…

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