Why Teachers Should Be Preparing For A Multi-Screen Classroom

You don’t need an infographic to tell you that your students (and probably most of your friends, colleagues, and family members) have their nose pointed towards a screen more often than not. While I’m definitely not above chastising my dinner mates for getting too cosy with their phone instead of interacting with everyone at the table, I wouldn’t necessarily transfer that same open shaming technique to a classroom. Studies show that so much of our daily media interactions are screen based – 90%, in fact. So while your inclination may be to have students focusing on one thing at a time to make sure they’re getting all they need to out of an activity, maybe you should think again.

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Google has put together this little graphic (below) that shows that most of us are quite adept at functioning in what they call a ‘multi-screen world’.  Something to keep in mind as you’re planning classroom activities, for sure. Multimedia is not just for presentations. Students can watch videos, search the web, take notes and save information at the same time using multiple devices. Instead of being distracted by the multiple devices, they can be multitasking!

A Multi Screen World

  • 90% of people use multiple screens sequentially, and move between multiple devices to accomplish their goals
  • 38% of our daily interactions take place on a smart phone
  • 4.4 hours of our leisure time is spent in front of a screen each day

A Multi Screen Classroom

  • For those that are flush with technology, or maybe for those with a BYOD classroom, you can harness  your students’ ability to use multiple devices at once.
  • Use mobile devices for taking photos, scanning QR codes, and finding real world objects.
  • Use laptops and desktops for web research, watching videos, creating presentations and other documents.
  • Use all devices for sharing, communicating, and collaborating between students, teachers, and the rest of the world!

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1 Comment

  1. Phill

    September 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    “Students can watch videos, search the web, take notes and save information at the same time using multiple devices. Instead of being distracted by the multiple devices, they can be multitasking!”

    I thought that myth had been pretty much busted? Of course we can do all that at once, but none of it will be done as well as if we concentrated on one thing