Are you frustrated by students looking at their phone, laptop, or into space — anywhere but at you and your lecture?

Although my current focus is largely on online learning, this article in Teaching in Higher Ed brought back memories of being in a classroom of 25 digital natives with 5-inch screens glued to their fingertips.

The author says to use “the invitation” method: Invite your students to take out their devices to participate in online polling or collaboration.  Then on other days you can tell your students that “We aren’t going to be needing laptops or phones today, so you can put them away and get ready for today’s case.”  That’s clever!

Hope you find The Invitation an interesting, if not useful, read.

Stachowiak, B. (2016). The invitation – Teaching in Higher Ed. Retrieved December 06, 2016, from
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