From George Couros - Discussing initiatives such as BYOD or 1-to-1 technology initiatives, there is often a lot of fear about “balance”. First of all, the notion of “balance” is something that I truly believe should not be determined for anyone other than yourself. What is “balance” to one, might look significantly different to someone else.
The ban “gave permission” to listen focusedly with the real others in the room, rather than having to share and exhibit their presence to virtual others online.
From Wes Fryer - Even though we are literally surrounded by screens at times in today’s society, I don’t think we yet fully appreciate just how powerful they truly are… or the “digital discipline” required to overcome their attraction for and influence on our minds.
The fact is that too many children are being thrown in the digital deep end, without the skills or supervision they need to survive.
From Clive Thompson in Mother Jones:
New research suggests that asking too much of workers during off hours can seriously backfire.
When we feel distracted, then we have a rare chance to be introspective, to pause and look inward and ask what about our life (overwork? boredom? too much email? anger at one's boss?) or about the particular work situation (traffic? no window? bad air? noise? a cubicle? too much email?) is making us unable to focus.
Often, if you can catch the moment of distraction, you catch your biggest insight and you miss it otherwise, if you don't stop to analyze what is making you distracted.
Distraction is our friend. If only we can use it as a diagnostic of all the things about ourselves that we often see because we're too obsessed with paying attention!
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