Gadgets Get in the Way

Here from the Marin (CA) Independent Journal is a story about how to keep students listening to the teacher when the temptations of technology are beeping, buzzing and beckoning all around.

With cell phones and laptops vying for attention, teachers are fighting back. Teachers who were interviewed for this article are finding that what used to work (i.e., strong teaching), still does, but that there are newer alternatives as well, such as games based on “Jeopardy” and even one based on “Magic: The Gathering.”

Another teacher showed her students film strips from the 1950s…which the students found fascinating, never having before seen that particular type of “technology”.