Pop Quiz: Multi-Taskers or Multi-Ignorers
I allow laptops in my classroom. I do a lot of slides so I figure if they want to annotate them they can either print them out or bring a tablet/laptop to class to do so. I know that those with laptops are sitting there half paying attention and half checking their status on Facebook but I guess that’s their problem not mine. However, it does annoy me a bit.
I spend an awfully long amount of time putting lectures together so that I can deliver what I hope to be a spirited lecture that will help them learn astronomy and get excited about it as well. It just grinds my teeth when I walk by one of them and I see on their laptop screen Facebook or whatever the new thing happens to be.
My husband sent me a cartoon from Doonesbury that I think explains how I feel and I would like to share it with you, Doonesbury June 8, 2014.
So are our students just wonderful multi-taskers when they do this in class or are they just simply ignoring lecture to be a body in a seat? If you allow media in the class does it irritate you when you see something other than your lecture on their laptop?
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