How to…stop multitasking

Multitasking has become a natural way of approaching almost anything we do nowadays.

We’ve been talking about this in class, and becoming more aware of its effects: we spend more time carrying out our tasks, we do them worse and, on top of all, feel anxiety most of the time. In a former blog post you can find out more about multitasking. But  if you are looking for solutions, we have some for you!

In class the students came up with some wise advice:

Can you think of other tips?

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Living In A Wired-Wide World

These days we have been talking about digital technologies and, inevitably, how connectivity is affecting our relationships and lifestyle. We are constantly engaged in many different ways, from texting, to producing and sharing our own media.

This urge to keep our eyes on a digital display is particularly powerful among young people, as this article from New York Time mentions. Yet, adults are also falling for the digital trap very quickly. And I feel we are all still in the process of adapting to the frenzy of being wired 24/7.

The following short film, directed my Miles Crawford, is amazingly revealing. How do you feel after watching this two-minute film?

Gary Turk is the man behind “Look Up”, another powerful short film that became viral last Spring.

There is obviously a heavy irony in this film becoming viral, as explained on this blog post by Jez Kemp. I recommned reading it. Do you agree with the point he makes?

Irony aside, it is definitely food for thought. And, I am quite sure it is an aspect of our lives that you have all ended up talking about with friends and relatives, decribing the downsides of digital technologies. But what about the advantages?

Digital and social technologies are here to stay. Why? What do we really get from being connected? What are the main advantages for you? In which areas of your life have you experienced greater benefits from having a social media profile?

As an English teacher,  I  see wonderful learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their linguistic and communicative skills.  I am an advocate for using digital technologies to be exposed to learning experiences, which were unavailable only ten years ago.

Effective language learning, in my view, may not possible without face-to-face interaction, but learners empowered to make the most of everything out there, can make a difference in their learning journey. It requires support, learning to filter content, rehearsing and, also, discipline (knowing when to switch off). But I think it is worth it.

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Multitasking

Our attention is focused on so many things at the same time, isn’t it? You’ve probably found yourself watching TV while texting a message to a friend thousands of times. With the increasing use of media devices we are more and more used to doing several things simultaneously.  Here are a few articles about the topic:

The average Briton spends almost half their waking life using media and communications, data suggests (…) Full article here:  Ofcom report highlights ‘multi-tasking media users’

“Increasingly, people who are looking at their computer screen are frequently watching TV, listening to the radio, maybe reading print media, chatting, texting,” (…) Full article here: Multitaskers Bad at Multistasking

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Tweet your thoughts!

How do you feel about multitasking? Are you good at it?

How many tasks do you often do simultaneously? Which are the “commonest combinations”? texting+TV/emailing+TV+talking…

Is there any anecdote you would you like to share with us, like the day you were on the phone and ended up leaving the baby in the fridge and started giving breakfast to the cow on the milk carton

This is one of many infographics showing facts and figures about multitasking. Would you like to make a comment about it?

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Archive of dreams

dreams and wishes. 62/365

dreams and wishes. 62/365 (Photo credit: nicole.pierce.photography ♥)

We spend much of our time sleeping, and during those hours hundreds of images and words run freely in our minds shaping dreams that we’ll hardly ever remember when we wake up. Can you imagine bieng able to keep record of all the dreams you have? It almost sounds like creating a parallel biography of your subconscious.  In what ways would we benefit from that information? Would we be able to solve problems? Make dreams come true?

Well now there’s app for that, of course.  It is basically an alarm clock which gives you the chance to text, speak or answer questions about your dreams before they are forgotten. But, in my view, there is something a little scary about it.

1. Read the text Archive of dreams and find the answers to these questions:

How does the alarm clock work?

Where will your “dream” be located?

What is the actual idea behind this app?

How is privacy guaranteed?

How do you feel about  this kind of technology?

The Google Glass II

Have you heard of the google glass? Even though it is only available for developers, it has already brought about a lot of discussion. An online teacher was given the chance to become a glass explorer. In this video, he explains what it was like to wear google glasses, its pros and drawbacks. He also predicts how successful or not they will be once they are launched. Before you listen, think about the following questions:

Are you aware of the functions of the google glass?

What do you think  are the pros and cons of wearable technologies?

Listen. Are these statements true or false?

Some people were puzzled when they saw him wearing these glasses.

He believes they will be successful.

They are quite difficult to use

Its hands-free feature is one of the pros

He became a glass explorer after a face-to-face interview.

These glasses are cheaper for glass explorers

PDF version and key: google glass LC

The Google Glass I

Screenshot of Project Looking Glass 3D Françai...

Screenshot of Project Looking Glass 3D Français : Capture d’écran de Project Looking Glass 3D (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this article: http://www.techradar.com/news/video/google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114 you’ll find out some very interesting facts about the google glass.

Before you read. Tick the actions that you think can  be performed with these glasses:

Spotting your friends in a crowd.

Taking photos.

Sending videos.

Texting.

Getting your interlocutor’s words translated.

Finding directions with GPS.

Now, read and check.