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ESL Insights - Is Technology Changing Your Brain?

Posted on 05/13/2013

ESL Insights

We are once again highlighting KQED Education's External link opens in new window or tab recently launched blog for ESL educators and learners, ESL Insights External link opens in new window or tab. The new blog offers a space for ESL educators to share their stories, challenges, ideas, and resources for the classroom, as well as to engage in dialogue with others in the practitioner community.

Online now, read  Is Technology Changing Your Brain? External link opens in new window or tab, written by Stephanie Levin. In the digital age we now live in, we sometimes need to slow down and ask ourselves some basic questions, as Levin does in this insightful online article that will be of value to classroom educators, students, parents and anyone interested in how technology is impacting us all.

Levin sites current research and evidence that the brain is indeed affected by the "constant barrage of technology, and that the brain needs a break; after all, it's a muscle for thinking, not a machine." Levin also offers up these insights from research:

  • Studies show that over-dependence on technology, multitasking and constant connectivity is creating a distracted generation with a short attention span.
  • There is growing evidence that multitasking frazzles the brain making it less productive.
  • Heavy multitaskers have trouble paying attention and filtering out irrelevant information and cognitive ability can be impaired.
  • While multitaskers think they are accomplishing more, studies show the opposite to be true. Their performance suffers, greatly. The brain is not wired to multitask efficiently and effectively.

Levin's article and resources can be used in the classroom for discussion and research, and she includes a link to a free lesson plan, Distracted by Everything - Being Wired at All Times External link opens in new window or tab.

ESL Insights invites your comments and experiences. If you would like to post an article on ESL Insights, please contact Maxine Einhorn at meinhorn@kqed.org.

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