It is a professor’s own fault if their students can’t seem to pay any attention to what’s going on in the class if you put them in a computer lab. Let’s just be honest about what really goes on in a classroom or computer lab sometimes. If students could choose between playing on their computers and listening to lectures, they would choose their computers. This isn’t a bold statement. I’ve seen it happen in my own computer class. Here’s the trick: You have two windows. One window is for what you’re supposed to be on, the second is what you’re not supposed to be on. Let’s call that Facebook. In order to succeed at multi-tasking you need to be fully aware of your surroundings – meaning you need to watch your professor like a hawk so they don’t catch you sluffing. This happened to me once. I made myself look like an idiot because I couldn’t answer the question nor did I know what he was even talking about. He caught me as I was on the wrong window and I became flustered and confused switching between both while he was right next to me.
One Yale undergrad student recognized this as a major issue and decided to develop a solution for it by disguising the Facebook home page into an Excel spreadsheet. Functions of the Excel spreadsheet resemble hidden buttons on Facebook. Your professor wouldn’t even know that you were on the wrong page unless they examined what was on your monitor. To them, it’s a normal Excel spreadsheet – maybe even the spreadsheet you are supposed to be working on in class.
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