No such thing as multitasking? I think most of us as educators multitask everyday...I know I certainly do! Who has the luxury to do one thing at a time?
I think our students are very good at multitasking...especially when it comes to things they enjoy and are interested in. If they are lacking focus we need to help them balance and prioritize. This is definitely a 21st skill that they will need to master in order to be competitive in a fast-paced, global economy.
Jill, Students, but I won't argue with you but will agree with Ian ..."That's the mythology....." The latest research I've read on "multitasking" says that there is no such thing--it's just dong a number of things less well than if you focused on one at a time.
Jill--I'm back. Do a google search for 'multitasking myth'. Here an article from The New Atlantis . I'm not a luddite, I've been using technology with my kids for 20 years--but I'm worried. I'm starting to think that Mark Bauerlein may have a point regarding his fear for our country. "As of 2008," the 49-year-old professor of English at Emory University writes in "The Dumbest Generation," "the intellectual future of the United States looks dim." lol