Weapons of Mass Distraction

If you're in one of my classes, you know that I have a 'technology-friendly' classroom. In a sense, this is going against the trend, as there is a significant amount of research that suggests technology in the classroom contributes to student distraction. You can read some of that research here, here, or here. So, why do I allow my students to use their phones and laptops in my classes? Perhaps I just want my students to do poorly? Maybe I want my students to be able to watch cat videos on youtube if my lectures get too boring?

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Using Evernote in Psyc 100 & Psyc 240

If you are registered in one of my courses, then using Evernote will be to your advantage. I use Evernote to house and distribute information about the course, including the course Syllabus, information about assignments and exams, and as a place to post lecture notes.  This Blog shares some tips and some videos on how to use Evernote in one of my courses. 

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I Thought Intro Psyc Would Be More Interesting

Psychology is one of those courses in University that many students are excited to take. Everyone knows *something* about Psychology, and the idea of gaining a better understanding of how humans tick (or maybe just how your crazy ex ticks) is enticing. Often though, students find that there is a mismatch between their expectations for an Introductory Psychology course and what the course actually covers. 

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Do You Ever Wish You Could Rescue Yourself From The Internet?

Do you have a love hate relationship with the Internet? You need it, you enjoy it, but it conspires to make sure you get nothing done. Just when you are about to get down to writing that paper you really need to write, a great video pops up on your newsfeed. You watch the video and then another video starts. Then you click a link. Then you read a blog. Then you find some funny memes. Before you know it, 5 hours have gone by and you still haven't touched your paper!

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