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Can an app prevent students from getting distracted?

from Slate

Between kids chattering, bolting from their seats, or simply staring out the window, keeping students focused is a constant battle for Alexandra Beckman, a special education teacher of fifth- and sixth-graders in Ozark, Missouri. "It's probably how I spend the majority of my day," Beckman admitted. She recently tried a new approach to claw back time for teaching core subjects — not cajoling or commands but a simple question: Am I on task? This query popped up repeatedly on students' mobile devices, announced by a flashing screen and awaiting a tapped response of "yes" or "no." more

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