Can you multi-task? or Why can’t I have my phone in class?

Students think they can do many things at a time and do them all well. There are many studies and articles out  that contradict that belief. A recent article (1/24/2015) can be found here was based on research conducted at West Point. This article (11/15/16) compares distracted web surfing to second hand smoke.

Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning… Ruminating...

More recently this research has been conducted about smartphone use (7/30/15) and teen friendships and social media (8/6/15).


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What do you think? Can you do homework while browsing twitter? Can you read and listen to your favorite band at the same time? Read the article that goes with this survey. For this assignment ONLY, you can have out your phone in class. Read the article and answer the questions with the survey just like you would do it for an assignment from home. Let’s see how you do with the questions and compare your results with other students.

When you are finished, post your thoughts about this topic on your Weebly blog page. Do some research and find another article that will give evidence for either pro or con the effects of multi-tasking (or both). Put this link on your weebly page.

The results of our informal survey (fall 2013) can be found by clicking here!

Here is another study from a school that banned cell phones – test scores increased 6%

Test your multitasking skill with this game and post your score on your blog. Do you think you should have scored higher or lower…or do you agree with the score.



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Wednesday, January 17, 2017 (Lunches Served)

Period 1 – 4 Regular schedule for all students (period 5 will not meet)

Period 6 Finals 12:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Period 7 Finals 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Thursday, January 18, 2017      (No Lunches Served)

Period 1 Finals 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 2 Finals 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  

Period 3 Finals 10:50 a.m. – Noon

Friday, January 19, 2017       (No Lunches Served)

Period 4 Finals 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 5 Finals 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Make Up Finals* 10:50 a.m. – 12 Noon

Monday, January 23, 2017 Second Semester Begins

**All work must be completed by the end of your last regular class period**

Share Joys Activities to try…

Google Santa Tracker – a new game each day in December

Elf Yourself

Finish Hour of Code activities

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If each class meets the minimum requirements (35 tickets per class or about 1 tickets per student), we will have an alternative class option on Friday, December 15. All tickets must be turned in by your class period on Thursday. Collected tickets from classes that do not meet the minimum requirement, will not be returned!!