10th graders give up electronics for an entire week
In this age of all things digital, most people consider technology to be indispensable to their everyday lives. However, Shannon Meyer's 10th grade advisory class at the California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School was ready to challenge that notion... by foregoing all electronics for an entire week.
Detox hasn't been easy for these BlackBerry babies. They were born into a digital world of wireless links, with headphones where their ears should have been. Meyer, trying to teach them something about true connectedness and solitary reflection, asked them to go cold turkey and take notes. With pen and paper.
Meyer, who might have had ulterior motives all along, said she found that the quality of her students' homework vastly improved. No one suffered any illusions about what would happen when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday.