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Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Embracing Students’ Digital Devices

Mick Charney Associate Professor, Architecture - Kansas State University If you are a seasoned teacher, you have likely noticed that times have certainly changed…or have they? In the Shakespearean play of the same name, Hamlet says, “Yea, from the table of my memory | I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, | All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, | That youth and observation copied there . . . .” A couple lines later, when wondering how his uncle Claudius, murderer of his father, could walk around with a smile on his face, Hamlet repeats the reference to tables (think “tablets”) when he exclaims, “My tables—meet it is set down |That one may smile and smile and be a villai

Multitasking Deconstructed: When It Is and Is Not Possible

Todd Zakrajsek Associate Professor - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Multitasking is a fascinating topic. Much has been written about the ability of today’s youth being efficient multitaskers (Miller, 2012). Others have noted that multitasking is not possible or greatly hinders learning (e.g., Junco & Cotten, 2012; Ophir, Nass, & Wagner, 2009). As a psychologist, one thing I learned long ago is that when it comes to anything related to the human body, it is EXTREMELY rare to find that one extreme or the other is actually correct. Another thing I noted was that it is also EXTREMELY rare for any noted relationships to be the result of something simple or unidimensional. Thi

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