Education Opinion


By LeaderTalk Contributor — February 18, 2012 1 min read
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By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag

I fully admit that I’m distracted. There are few moments I find myself not wanting to roam around Twitter, hangout on Google+, flip through Zite or Google Reader, tap on some apps, or poke around various social learning networks.

With social media and my mobile devices, learning has become my greatest distraction. I’m on a great learning expedition that is ongoing regardless of place or time - learning opportunities unlike at any other time in human history.

But here is the thing.

I hear over and over about the fear of distraction with social media and today’s students. I can’t help but wonder: how great would it be if students were distracted... distracted by learning? How great would it be if they were lost in learning and we needed to help them pause, reflect, and disconnect from...


I’ll take that problem over our current situation: disengaged and disconnected from learning - lost in teaching with a focus on compliance at best.

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag

Image: Texting, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (2.0) image from ikhlasulamal’s photostream

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