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Electronic devices in the classroom can lead to failing grades
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A group of students are pictured at Taichung’s Hungkuang University in May, as they discuss a smartphone app they have been developing for Maria Social Welfare Foundation.

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The intrusion of Internet-enabled electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, has transformed the modern college lecture into a challenge of divided attention. According to a new study published in the journal Educational Psychology last month, electronic devices can be distracting for students in the classroom, and in-class multitasking can even hurt their test performance.

The study was conducted by psychology professor Arnold Glass and graduate student Kang Mengxue at Rutgers University. The two researchers divided 118 college students into two groups. Glass said the group using electronic devices scored 5 percent lower on exams, or about half a letter grade lower in the conventional letter-grading system — the difference between “passing” or “failing” for some students.

Students who did not use any device but were in the same classroom with those who did also scored lower, and this was likely due to distraction from surrounding devices. These findings, Glass said, should alert students and teachers that electronic devices are having “an insidious effect that is impairing their exam performance and final grade.”

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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