After reflecting on the video, I am guilty of checking my emails on my phone, while also watching the highlights of last nights MLB All-Star Game while the video was playing. My undivided attention was not strictly on this video, and I did not think anything of it until he said, “I don’t doubt you’re doing something else while watching this.” Looking back on every paper or assignment I worked on throughout high school or university, I have always multi-tasked while working on what had to be completed. I found that having “brain-breaks” while working on an assignment was actually beneficial and had me recharged to complete the task (things like listening to music, stretching, browsing the internet, watching television, etc).
Is the internet a productivity tool or merely an endless series of distractions? Both! In my experience, many of my students are full-on addicted to their cell phones. It distracts them the task at hand and become more invested in what is happening on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook. Their reliance on their cell phones not only distracts them from their studies, but cyberbullying has become something that is affecting the well-being of a number of students in my classroom. The easy answer to the problem would be to delete the app, or delete the person who is bullying you, but it is not as easy as it sounds. The fear of missing out or wanting to know instant updates about what their friends are doing at any given moment steer them back to using the application. After seeing what a lot of my students endured through cyberbullying, it worries me thinking about what my daughter will go through in the future once she discovers technology. With all the distractions, and negativity towards the internet and how it is used, it certainly is a productivity tool. I couldn’t image doing a research paper prior to when the internet became relevant. The thought alone gives me anxiety, and I feel fortunate that I am attending university and teaching during the internet age.
When it comes to the idea if we are presently more productive than we are pre-internet and pre-Microsoft Office, I am not exactly sure. The reason for this because I do not remember when there was no internet, so I don’t think I can provide a definitive answer on this. Perhaps there were distractions, although not to the same level there is currently is. However, we do live in the technological era, and it is essential to utilize these teaching tools to ensure we are not left behind and not using relevant tools, even though the distractions are inevitable due to the vast amount of information available at your finger tips.