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  1. stephaniecooke
    October 26, 2020 @ 11:25 pm

    I loved your post… and that isn’t just because I love Parks and Rec. You aren’t the first person I’ve heard of to turn off their email notifications past a certain time in the day, or altogether. While I love this boundary setting, it does feel like we are almost expected to have access to our emails 24/7 in the event of an advisor or supervisor wanting to schedule a meeting. I see this too in our students expectations of us to respond to last minute questions about assignments. Since most of my assignments are due at 11:59pm, I have a clause in my syllabus about taking 48 hours to respond to emails. Since I am teaching virtually, I have stressed this boundary. I realize students have less opportunities to engage with me in an asynchronous course, so I understand why I receive a lot of emails at random points throughout the day. However, ease of communication does not equate to accessibility of communication. Just because I receive an email at 10:03pm does not mean that I will respond at said time. However, I do practice some flexibility here because sometimes it is just 1-3 emails over the span of a week, so I haven’t had to go out of my way to respond. Also, this probably relieves their anxiety because they receive an email sooner rather than later. Now, your post does make me wonder if I am perpetuating a system that places these expectations on us as educators and learners. I have some more thinking to do…

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  2. hokieinstructor
    October 29, 2020 @ 12:07 am

    HAHA! I used the same giphy when I changed my technology policy in the middle of the semester last Fall. This was because no one who had their laptop or phone out was interacting with their peers, looking up at the films, or seemed to paying the slightest bit of attention to the lesson. I know there are strong opinions the other way, but I also think that technology is not always a welcome guest. This changes in upper level classes, but first years… you aren’t doing them any favors by leaving up to them.

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  3. shanonian
    October 29, 2020 @ 12:48 am

    Brilliantly told !

    I face the same problem, which I am skeptical if we can solve through the alternative management of the digital usage in everyday life. I was thinking more in line with approaching this as a symptom of the form of life that we all live in which is deeply arranged by a certain mechanism of technological advancement. In that sense, I guess this problem will keep haunting us. This sense of permanency of the problem that we face seems to be vital to think about the digital arrangement in a learning environment. Without a mobile phone, for example, many everyday essential activities would not be possible. That is, it has been to a stage that it is no more just for communication. I think some of our measures to save ourselves from the bad produced by the technology consumption have to be rethought in the light of how this is connected to a specific form of life, a problem that is totalized structuring the entire life of ours. Anyways, thank you for this provocation.

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  4. kawtharrayyan
    October 30, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    I have the same issue with my smartphone, and I have deleted apps from it so I don’t get addicted especially when I have work to do. however, I do believe this generation is dealing with it differently from how ( my generation) does as they can benefit from it in terms of work, organization, and even making money.
    therefore, I thought why not making it a tool of learning. when I have come to vt and got introduced to “hakoot” and other apps that acquire having a digital tool, it made me realize that it is ok to embrace it and not reject it and be smart in our use of these methods.

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  5. brittanyshaughnessy
    November 1, 2020 @ 8:28 pm

    Love this post! I completely agree. Last fall, I tried implementing a class policy where I did not alloow any technology in the room, and even took off participation points if I saw that students were using it while the others were giving speeches. I realize how prehistoric this may sound, but I really thought it would force students to focus on their work and take notes by hand. Little did I know that it probably had the opposite effect, and may have inadvertantly hindered their learning. With that being said, I agree that smart phones are a prevasive issue in our society, with little looking to solve it. It may be best practice to begin weaning ourselves off of it, perhaps for the betterment of society!

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