Cell Phones in the Classroom?

Have you seen cell phones in the classroom? This can be distracting to student learning, but you might not know the extent of the distraction!!

Although smartphones are great way to access information, and a way to connect to each other, it is found that they limit our cognitive ability.  It’s not just the use, it’s the thought of the smart phone that causes issues.  “Results from two experiments indicate that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity. “

The best results of student’s cognitive ability came when the student and the smartphone were in totally different rooms. Take a look at this data from the study:

Graph showing that cell phones cause greater cognitive ability issues when they are  in closer proximity to the student.

So, if you want to get the best cognitive ability from your students, a good way to start is to separate them from their Smartphone. Here is a link to the study if you want to look further into this subject:

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