Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Yet Another Justification For My Classroom's Being a "No Phone Zone"

I don't allow phone use in my classroom.  Period.
The question of whether or not to allow students to use smartphones, laptops and other technology in the classroom has been long-debated, and at times, heated.

And just as a new school year is set to begin, a new study raises fresh concerns about potential downsides of multitasking during class.

The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that when students divide attention between electronic devices and a classroom lecture, they still followed the lecture in the moment, but that long-term retention was reduced, resulting in lower grades on unit and final exams.

Arnold Glass, a researcher and professor at Rutgers University’s psychology department, ran the study with graduate student Mengxue Kang. He tells EdSurge that it’s fine for a student to use a digital device to take notes. The problem arises when the student starts dividing his attention between taking notes and other tasks, such as texting or watching a video. He adds that many students think using digital devices doesn’t have an effect on them, because their immediate comprehension doesn’t suffer.

“If you ask the a question right then, they’ll get it right,” he says. “Therefore, they’ll feel comfortable that they’re getting it all. However, a week later, they don’t remember it because that’s the effect of dividing attention.”
A study at my Alma Mater showed that laptops inhibit learning--and I assume phones are worse!


lgm said...

So taking notes digitally is fine.

The high school here does not provide notes or allow students enough time to take notes - serious students use their phone to take a photo and then transcribe during study hall. A consequence of full inclusion, social promotion and no textbooks.

Anonymous said...

When students walk into my high school classroom, the procedure is to put the phones in these shoe organizers that we have hanging from a wall. No questions asked. At the end of class, they get to retrieve their phones.... which is a bit like crack addicts scrambling for a fix.

Darren said...

That *sounds* good, until one turns up missing. Then, since *you* required them to put their phones there, *you* possess the liability.

I merely enforce rules vigorously. I don't have to do it for long; once they see I mean business, I don't have to worry about it anymore.