If you want to see a teacher fume, just bring up the topic of cell phones in class.
Technology, especially social media and text messaging, competes for students’ attention as never before. When half of social media users say they check messages from bed, and 11 percent of those 25 or younger are willing to interrupt sex for a Twitter or Facebook message, what chance do teachers have of keeping students’ attention in class?
Then again, teachers often have their own problems paying attention.
We chide students for texting in class but then encourage them to tweet. We force students to put away their phones when we lead class discussions but then immerse ourselves in our own screens when colleagues speak. At meetings of all sorts, we have accepted a new posture: heads down, fingers tapping out words, eyes awaiting responses. Faculty members have adopted many of the same habits they condemn in their students.
It seems, then, that everyone, teachers and students alike, need to find new ground rules on how to engage when real and online life collide.
An excellent article on this topic. I recommend a click through if you have a few minutes.