The spread of Wi-Fi technology to the classroom has both benefited and limited learning. While there are numerous advantages to internet and laptop use during class, internet distractions can be an unfortunately common occurrence in some classes. Here are several tips for reducing internet distractions among students.
- Don’t allow headphones
Headphones during class will be used to listen to music or watch videos online. Allowing them will almost definitely encourage students to cave into internet distractions. Videos are some of the worst distractions, as they can distract other students sitting within view of the laptop screen. By forbidding headphone use, instructors can help limit the likelihood of video distractions during class.
- Require Wi-Fi to be turned off at times
Another rule to reduce internet distractions is to require Wi-Fi technology to be turned off during class. This will still allow students to use their laptops for note taking, but it will prevent them from logging into Facebook or surfing the net during class.
- Engage student participation
Walking around the classroom, soliciting student input during lectures, and posing questions to the class are all ways to encourage students to participate and pay attention in class. If students are actively engaged, then they are much less likely to turn towards internet distractions to alleviate boredom.
- Be clear about the rules
On the first day of any class, instructors should be prepared to provide an overview of the course as well as clear expectations for student behavior during class. Internet use should be covered during this time, and instructors should clearly communicate the rules for when the internet can and cannot be used. This will reduce the temptation for students to use the internet for personal purposes during class.
These strategies can help ensure that the internet is used for educational purposes during class. Students will be better able to focus with a decreased risk of distraction.