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Digital devices in the classroom can hinder long-term retention

from EdSurge

The question of whether or not to allow students to use smartphones, laptops and other technology in the classroom has been long-debated, and at times, heated. And just as a new school year is set to begin, a new study raises fresh concerns about potential downsides of multitasking during class. The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that when students divide attention between electronic devices and a classroom lecture, they still followed the lecture in the moment, but that long-term retention was reduced, resulting in lower grades on unit and final exams. more


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