Bill Ferriter jumps into a debate over whether cell phones might be effective instructional tools. To the common complaint that students would just use them to text their friends during class, he has a bold response:
I may be naive, but aren't distracted students texting from the back of the classroom pretty convincing evidence of poor teaching?
He admits that it’s hard work to create lessons that captivate today’s students.
But that's our job, isn't it? Aren't we supposed to be able to put together learning experiences that matter? And if we can't shouldn't we be ready for distracted students?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.