The Sausage Machine

november 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — janien @ 10:15 am

disrupt learning!

I don’t know how I managed to miss this story, but did you all see the piece in the NY Times a few weeks ago, Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say?  If you didn’t, you should check it out.  The article describes some teacher survey results showing that teachers believe that “students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks.”

This is the kind of “research” that makes me crazy, because these are absolutely not scientific findings.  These are surveys of teachers’ opinions.  And I think it’s fine for all of us to have opinions, of course, but one of the problems with these kinds of surveys is that there’s all kinds of room for subjective interpretation of what “attention” is.  But that’s all well and good…discussing the relative merit of surveys isn’t what…

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