Growing up digital, wired for distraction
Matt Richtel reflects in a long New York Times article on the impact of growing up digital. The constant stream of stimuli offered by new technology, he says, poses a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
“Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people. The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks â€” and less able to sustain attention.”
- Students and technology, constant companions (audio and video)
At Woodside High in Woodside, Calif., students are immersed in personal technology, complicating the job of those responsible for their education. Hear five students talk about their relationship with technology, and watch a video about the school.
- Teachers’ views on technology in the classroom
The Times asked teachers to submit videos on how the use of technology has changed the way they teach.
- Achieving a healthful digital diet
Experts suggest that half of a childâ€™s computer time should be educational and that multitasking while studying should be limited.