Richard Lyons, from Faculty Development Associates, just posted a link to this NY Times story to the POD listserv:
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
It is a fascinating follow-up to our “millennial” presentations earlier this semester. What I am wondering as I read this is whether this seeming inability to focus on schoolwork is going to disadvantage these kids as adults.
Clearly, teachers and faculty still consider the ability to concentrate and focus to be important skills. Likewise, the research literature also indicates that they are important for deep learning. And It seems like employers still want these skills in their employees. Will things change as these school kids become the employers? It will be interesting to see…