Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might (RT @MindShiftKQED: How does multitasking affect the way kids learn?
Double-edged sword here. Kids are tied into the need for community so tightly that anxiety can result if they do not have access to their digital devices. I make certain that kids are on-task by frequent walk-throughs, and conversations that promote respect among the student and myself. I also realize that the relevancy of my class becomes paramount, so I encourage the kids to tweet or document moments in the classroom using digital platforms. Students who do not have cell phones need to be tied in as well, using the laptops I have available, or a Kindle or ipod touch. All students have access to digital devices and it creates opportunities to talk about appropriate usage.