In the most recent #luthed chat, the group tackled the topic of “managing digital distractions.” As more schools are exploring 1:1 programs and students are jumping between mediums and technologies as part of their formal learning, this topic is gaining increased attention. It also resonates with many educators in 1:1 schools because they often discover that traditional “classroom management” methods do not work effectively. Consider the following four integrating technology changes that inform the challenge of managing digital distractions. I am using the SAMR model of integrating technology to describe how each change in integrating technology impacts the way that we have to reconsider managing digital distractions.
Managing Digital Distractions in the Substitution Classroom
As more schools and teachers are implementing classrooms where each student has a device, the default response for many teachers is to simply use the devices as a substitute for a traditional method or tool. Instead of having students take a quiz on paper, they do it on the device. Instead of having students take notes in a notebook, they do that in Evernote or a GoogleDocs. […]