I chose to comment on Michele’s blog post http://lifelonglearner2.edublogs.org/2012/10/19/i-think-i-can-i-think-i-can/. Multitasking is disturbing to any teacher presenting or supervising students. However, I do admit that as an educator I do fall prey to it in order to keep up with a busy schedule or life pace. For students, this affects the quality of work or tasks, academic outcomes and relationships as highlighted by David Crenshaw in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21V4Je5q7VQ. The loss of vauable relationships at home or in school will have a detrimental affect on who students relate to when they have academic or personal enquiries long term.
The article share within the blog post multitasking-confronting-students-with-the-facts, shared by Michele clearly provides evidence as to how it affects or lessen scores and attainment in students. It also raises the question: How do we get students to stop? Confronting them with the facts, leading by example (at home or school), school policies and self-discipline to prioritize and focus on the task at hand may well be something that has to be practised daily to avoid long term implications that may produce a lower quality workforce that does not produce to their potential.