More and more I am reading articles like this one Colleges worry about always-plugged-in students. In it they talk about college professors and administrators who have or are considering unplugging student’s access to the internet or banning technology altogether so students will focus. These learning institutions are moving in the wrong direction!
I happen to believe between the maleable, plastic, ever-shaping and ever-regenerating brain there happens to be will (on a personal level), instruction (on a pedagogical level), care (on a parental level), and oversight (on an institutional level). That is, the Internet is not Godzilla and we are not the panicked, screaming, fleeing mobs in a B-movie, doing everything we can to escape but, inevitably, incapable of doing anything but succumbing to the monster who is taking over our life.
Starner replied that he multiplexes rather than multitasks. Multiplexing means doing tasks that reinforce each other. For him, taking notes and having conversations are tasks that parallel and enrich each other. They are multiplexed. On the other hand, he doesn't try to manage email during a conversation or while walking down the street. That would be multitasking. "If the wearable task is directly related to the conversation, the the user's attention is not 'split' and multiplexing can be pretty effective."
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