How to teach in an age of distraction

Posted on October 31st, 2015

Sherry Turkle, a professor of the social studies of science and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores teaching in an age of cell phones, text messaging and distraction. Turkle argues that “in education, learning is the focus,” and multitasking can hinder this goal. Rather than accommodating multitasking and distractions in the classroom, Turkle maintains that they need to be challenged. She goes on to defend the often criticized traditional lecture as a space where students “learn from speaking and from listening,” and where community can flourish.