Does this look familiar?
It was something said in class yesterday that really caught my attention…
Why are students texting so much during class?
The answer may not be that difficult to figure out. If you want an answer, Youtube is not the place to start. In my search for a video on reasons, I found an enormous amount of videos on HOW TO TEXT and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH IT. Cleaver?
The classes that I don’t find myself texting in are the ones that hold my attention. Ones where I am actually engaged in conversation. The occasional text may come in trying to figure out a lunch time, but it is a minimal distraction. There are some students that find themselves texting all the time, but what if it was because the text on the phone was more interesting that the lecture on the board?
There are shocking habits that teens will admit to in the classroom. From an study at Wilkes University, two psychology professors found college students between the ages of 18-24 (notice this is not even involving high school students) sends 1,630 text per month. That makes about three text an hour (assuming something really awesome or gossip-filled has not hit the air). So how is this impacting classrooms?
This study covered more than 250 colleges. The findings were very interesting. Once a lot of the instructors saw the results, they were amazed. They were actually “shocked.” They knew texting was going on, but they had no idea to what extent.
95% bring their phone to class every day.
99% believe they should be allowed to.
91% admit to using it in class.
62% said they should be able to text during class as long as they do not disturb others.
25% claimed that texting is distracting to those nearby
75% say they have been distracted by a phone ringing in the middle of class.
10% said they have received texts during exams
3% said they have sent a text on exam information
The suggestions made with the results from this study were the most interesting. The first was to make eye contact. Stop spending so much time looking at the board. The second one was the one that most involves us. “We can find what to engage with students and with technology, using text messaging as a way to field questions and discussion right in class” (2010).
The teacher below has…