Let Them Choose

~ Mark's Musings ~ blog.markwcarbone.ca

During my ongoing curation of articles about learning, digital tools and social media, I recently came across this article exploring perspectives on  social media in the lecture theatres.  Although the article was primarily examining post secondary perspectives, I would argue the same discussions are relevant in K12. The discussion was centred around various viewpoints on whether or not students:

  • be allowed (by profs) to bring technology to class
  • are distracted by having access to social media  and
  • experience benefits?

Two interviewees interviewed commented that « … because the students are most likely taking notes. Many don’t use pen and paper, and rely on their devices. She says students are old enough to decide if they are to learn or not. » and « My view is they are old enough to choose and multitask (and choose to fail too),« . Meanwhile, others choose to dictate « no access ».

SM choices

Now, if…

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