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Multitasking: Why Not?

Hello all, I found this article from Fox news very helpful. We might relate to it differently but at the end of the day, we may all agree that multitasking might not be as effective as it feels! Hope you enjoy it!   12 Reasons To Stop Multitasking   "We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today's society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful. But chances are, you're not doing yourself (or your boss, or your friends and family) any favors by multitasking your way through the day.Research shows that it's not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you're doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life. You're not really multitasking What you call multitasking is really task-switching,... read more

Multitasking and learning a foreign language

I'm very excited to be living in the 21st Century.   I have tools at my disposal that didn't exist twenty years ago, technology that helps me mix traditional textbook teaching with websites that allow my students to hear spoken Italian and see it spelled out on a screen. I have word processing applications that let me see my students' work in big bold typed characters instead of handwritten hieroglyphics, hieroglyphics that do nothing to help them retain what they're trying to learn.   Unfortunately, there's a downside to progress.  Part of that downside is the idiotic notion that technology has stretched our brains to the point that we can all do several things simultaneously and do them all well.    Yeah, right; that's why people all over the country end up in morgues and hospitals, stubbornly insisting that can text, talk and drive at the same time.   Some types of multitasking do work;  I've been eating, drinking and watching TV simultaneously... read more

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