Whenever I have assignments that involve reading about the effect on student attention span from using technology I have to laugh. Put all of this week’s reading assignments innewspaper form and I will read them from beginning to end without stopping. Put them on a computer screen and I will need several days to get through them because, like Vishal and the other teenagers we read about, I get distracted easily and spend the majority of the time playing backgammon on my tablet, watching videos on YouTube, surfing the web, etc. So I laugh about it then stop working completely.
Added to that is the difficulty I have using this discussion board and the CourseWeb discussion board (both are slow to respond whenever I key something) and the work takes forever.