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Support Aeon Donate now I have a rule about cellphones in class: You need to be able to turn off your phones and pay attention, I say. On the first day of class, they shut off their phones. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln study indicates that 80 per cent of college students send text messages during class.
Nearly per cent of them text before and after class. In the minutes before class — the ones I used to spend shooting the breeze with students about TV shows, sports or what they did over the weekend — we now sit in technologically-induced silence.
Students rarely even talk to each other anymore. Gone are the days when they gabbed about the impossible chemistry midterm they just took or the quality of the food at the dining halls. Even when my students stash their cellphones, my classes look like an Apple commercial — faces hide behind screens embossed with the same famous fruit.
Even students who take notes on their laptops miss out. A study from Princeton University shows that we process information better when taking notes by hand because writing is slower than typing an argument often spun in favour of laptopswhich helps students learn and retain the material.
In a study from the University of Stavanger in Norway, readers on Kindle struggled to remember plot details in comparison with those who read printed books, perhaps because the physical act of turning the pages helps our memories encode the words. Another study revealed comprehension loss for subjects reading PDF versions of texts.
An increasing number of students present me with documentation from the student disabilities office that entitles them to use a laptop to take notes.
If students see a few classmates with laptops, they inevitably start using theirs too. In an effort to save my students exorbitant coursepack fees, I used to photocopy course readings.
But when my department clamped down on copier use, I scanned the articles and put them online, which meant I had to allow students to open their laptops during discussions. But our discussions suffer, which makes my job harder. They get glassy-eyed, zone out, and then struggle to find quotes they only vaguely remember when it comes time to write the paper.
The endless opportunities for distraction also mean that they miss other aspects of class, including important instructions. What exactly are you having trouble understanding?
The problem is their use of technology in general. Technology demands a significant amount of time and attention and has conditioned them to not question it.
It takes up more and more of their bandwidth, and the net effect is lobotomising. And in the German city of Augsburg, there are traffic signals on the ground for people who would otherwise endanger themselves by failing to notice red lights. A California State University study monitored middle- high-school and college students who had been instructed to research something important for 15 minutes.
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