Single-tasking VS The New Multi-tasking

After watching the video about- Single Tasking Is The New Multitasking, I was like, wow! This is me. I never realized before that how much time I spent on a single task to complete. I believe this is not an individual problem. Instead, it is more like everyone’s problem. Though I do not see this as a problem as we could get the chance to explore more. However, to some extent, a little more curiosity may lead us in a completely different direction. Therefore in my perspective, it ultimately depends on person to person. However, I am entirely on the side of multitasking. There are maybe many terms, definitions, and examples that are not clear to me before proceeding with any particular task, which can be cleared out with the help of technology. So in my case, it helps, and technology is productive.

According to Singer, we could see the example of an 11-year-old child who is familiar with Google docs, and she prefers Google Docs as she says, “Nowadays, we can just do it in Google Docs”. So, technology is not alien to them, and they love using it. As an educator and being observed these, I saw my students being productive using technology many times, and most importantly, they never missed deadlines. So, even if they are browsing so many things at a time and taking more time for one task, that shouldn’t be any concern as they could finally end up submitting their work on time. The teachers, however, should lead the students to the usage of technology in a proper way. Sheninger says, “Making sure that the infrastructure is ready to support a full rollout is imperative,” he says. To prepare teachers, start with a series of questions: “Focus on the why. Why will a suite of tools help us meet the goals that we’ve set for our students? Focus on the why first; then, the how; and finally, the what,” Sheninger says, Robust professional development helps make the pedagogical shift easier on everyone, he adds. One final piece of the puzzle — ­parents — might sound surprising. He said, “Make sure parents are educated as to why and how students are going to be using these tools to support their learning,” This is also very important to as well, as I faced these kinds of a problem last year, especially the beginning of the pandemic.

Finally, Sheninger says, “With full support at home as well as inside the classroom, students can thrive as they build their digital skills, one lesson at a time”. The is one holistic idea to lead the students to the right direction.

Single-tasking VS The New Multi-tasking
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8 thoughts on “Single-tasking VS The New Multi-tasking

  1. Fahmida, I like how you said that technology helps you be more productive because it is a tool to help you with language, specific definitions of words, etc. I didn’t really think about productivity in this way before, which is interesting to me. I too think that productivity depends on person to person, but what I think contributes more to productivity is personal motivation and dedication. A person can be motivated to do something, but motivation can also fail at times. It really comes down to how dedicated a person is to completing something to whether or not they are productive or not. Thanks for the post.

  2. I agree that when I have multiple tabs open, they are often still connected to the task I am working on! So I am multi-tasking in a way, but being productive at the same time. I like the quote you included about focusing on the “why” behind the tools first. I think that helps us be critical of what the technology makes possible and impossible so we can reflect on the ways it will affect our students. Thanks for your post, Fahmida!

    1. Hi Raquel, Thank you for your comment. I agree with you. There are maybe multiple tabs open, but we are still connected somehow. We need to keep reminding ourselves to finish our assigned work. If we can do that, then there’s no harm in browsing more and more.

  3. Fahmida, I like how you added in the part about educating parents. In my situation I found it interesting that when parents contacted the school to express their frustration with the technology they hadn’t spent the time asking their children how to use it. More often than not, the students were able to explain. For most parents, the technology we are using in classrooms is very new and very different from what they used.

    1. Hi Laurie, Thank you for your comment. I dealt with so many different nationalities parents. In my case, it was fascinating. Educating students is not even that difficult, the difficulty I faced with the parents. Anyways, I survived.

  4. I agree with you, Fahmida. This is really a person-by-person and task-by-task thing. I can definitely go “down the rabbit hole” on occasion and get distracted, but when I have a time-sensitive task I try my best to avoid all of the distractions of the internet.

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