How distracting is technology in the classroom?

A row of university students sit in a lecture hall. Many have laptops open on the desk before them and are looking towards the front of the room, smiling.

How distracting is technology in the classroom?

The effects spread farther than you might think
August 25, 2015

In her two-pronged study, York University psychology professor Melody Wiseheart found that students’ test scores fell by 10 percent when asked to surf through Facebook, YouTube and their email while simultaneously trying to pay attention to a lecture. But it was the grades of students seated around their wired peers that caught Wiseheart by surprise. Click play to find out what happened in the second part of her experiment.

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