Learning to focus is our next digital challenge

Will the Internet, with all its abundance, prove to be a distracting road to perdition or the “straight and narrow” pathway that leads humanity to its highest potential?

Here’s a link to an excellent article, “You’re distracted.  This professor can help,” from The Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday (March 24, 2013) about how teachers are using age-old techniques for mindfulness and contemplation to help students develop discernment in their technology habits.

If nothing else, the article makes a convincing argument that educators have a responsibility for helping students reflect on the way they engage with technology:  Do they control technology, or does it control them?

Neither extensive knowledge of a technology’s functionality nor astonishing skill at manipulating it can automatically confer the judgment and wisdom necessary to master it.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Learning to focus is our next digital challenge

  1. Katie: I loved the article (your post) and will read the other article. Sometimes I think I need help focusing.


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