Classroom tech a gimmick or a game changer article

http://www.aqa.org.uk/about-us/supporting-education/news/is-classroom-tech-a-gimmick-or-a-game-changer?umid=74824297

This was a link from and AQA email I received on 14/10/15. Reading this has helped to confirm my classroom experiences so far with digital resources – that students appear to be more on task, engaged, motivated and willing to complete a task, even if it is a bit more challenging than normal, if they are given the opportunity to use their device, they are free to choose which resource or website they may use and they can collaborate with other students as well.

Note taking alone, using refill and a pen/pencil, is no longer motivating and does not reflect the way they live. The students who voluntarily choose to use refill in class for notes, or tasks, are few and far between. While working digitally, of course there are distractions such as notifications coming through, and the temptation to check your imessages, facebook etc and reply as well. Actually, this also reflects the workplace as well because I know from talking to young adults that they are constantly interrupting their work with short ‘breaks’ to keep up to date with their friends, or check their emails.

Perhaps the discussion should be about whether it is ok to allow these mini ‘time-outs’ in the classroom or not. I have reviewed another article about this.

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