- Can we focus on one thing at a time?
- Are we constantly distracted?
- Is the internet decreasing our ability to concentrate?
Watching the above video, Single-Tasking is the new Multi-Tasking, I found myself relating to James. As I was watching the video, I was doing many other things, I had many tabs open, my phone distracting me, my kettle boiling with my next cup of tea, I had the washing machine and dishwasher going, etc. I am never doing just one thing. Had the internet caused me to live like this? After laughing at this video I really started to reflect on the use of the internet and how it has affected us all.
I think media balance is so important. I believe we need to teach this starting at a young age. Prioritizing time for everyone to do a single task at a time and shut everything off is important. Taking time to be mindful and meditate is a way I try to clear my busy mind and do some self-care. Common Sense Media has great resources to teach Digital Citizenship. Below is a song for primary students to learn and sing.
It is natural in our world now to become distracted. It is socially acceptable to be on phones while interacting with others. When I got a cell phone I was not allowed to be on it during supper or any family time. Time to connect is very important and I believe that is fading away. Distractions are a part of our world.
Katia asks: Is the Internet really a productivity tool or merely an endless series of distractions?
It is now essential to know how to work productivity tools. In certain context they are very helpful for organization and work. I enjoy having access to Google and Microsoft through my school board. When I started teaching I did not utilize all the features in these suites but now find them to be part of my everyday. I use Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Jamboard, Google Slides, and Google sheets almost everyday for work and with my personal Google account. There are positive and negative aspects to using productivity tools. I cannot picture life without them now. Even if you are not using them for work or school, they are a household item in many places. Maybe I was more productive before these tools came into place. I always think of teaching before the internet. I can’t imagine not having it as a part of the classroom and to easily access resources. Educators before the internet did not have the same access to resources and spent a lot of time creating their own lessons. I bet the time spent creating doesn’t add up to the amount of time we waste on the internet now.
In the article, How Google Took Over the Classroom, the author asserts that we now rely on Google for so much. It has been embedded so quickly and easily into schools. Google now has access to the privacy of many students and classrooms. All students at my school start using their school email accounts through Google at grade 3. They will continue to use those emails throughout their schooling. Raquel, Deidra, Allison, and Kelly highlighted the privacy concerns around these productivity tools. They emphasized the positive and negative features of productivity tools.
It is hard to even remember back to before the internet being a part of our everyday lives. The question of whether we are more productive as human beings now or then is a mystery to me. What do you think? Are we more productive than we were pre-Internet and pre-Microsoft Office?
Thank you for reading,