Write Things Down…avoid multitasking

Below is a blog post that has made me reflect on the habits and pace of our modern time. Several books I’ve recently read(Pink, Whole New Mind; Reynolds, Presentation Zen; and Gladwell, Blink; Auletta, Googled) What do we do now? We expect kids to multitask immediately.

We get them on the keyboard immediately researching, typing, and multitasking. Maybe they need to initially read, note take and doodle? Our desire to use powerful technology might be too zealous?

The sum of it is perhaps that all our multitasking and digital writing needs much more preliminary analog planning. Police detectives build analog case boards so a team can think out loud together. This is a superb teaching device.  Auletta writes in Googled, about institutionalization of literal ‘whiteboarding’ as part of corporate innovation and planning.  Maybe old school brainstorming is the real smartboard?

I’ve begun to confirm the cognitive benefits of planning(formative) analog and publishing(summative) digital.  People don’t think and plan as well within Powerpoint. They need to use the tool at a later summative stage.  My recent experiences has me reflecting on our possible losses from embracing technology without introducing previous strong lesson design. Writing and talking information and ideas initially is a better process. Get your kids writing and doodling storyboards on paper, chalk, whiteboards and sticky notes. People need to nurture their right brain thinking by learning in analog environments. I really see this with boys who seem to benefit from ‘thinking on their feet’. We try to get kids up an d moving not always sitting in front of the screen. Using sticky notes, bulletin boards, whiteboards, even my smartboard allows information, ideas and feedback to build.  I also think( experience teaching elementary school perhaps) the act of writing actually helps vocabulary and overall comprehension.  Summarizing and expressing lends itself to digital tools.

Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog, is on the right track.  Don’t over use the digital world at the loss of other modalities. Mostly, give them the time to reflect by multitasking less.

Check out: http://www.positivityblog.com

Unloading your mental RAM. When you don’t occupy your mind with having to remember every little thing  you become less stressed and it becomes easier to think clearly. This is, in my opinion, one of the most important reasons to write things down.
Clearer thinking. If you want to solve a problem it can be helpful to write down your thoughts, facts and feelings about it. Then you don’t have to use your for mind for remembering, you can instead use it to think more clearly. Having it all written down gives you an overview and makes it easier to find new connections that can help you solve the problem.-Henrick Edberg

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