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Math movie: Mobile phone distraction in class

By Murray Bourne, 10 Jan 2007

Teachers hope that students will be fascinated with the lesson, will listen to it all, and will do all that it required of them.

We put in a lot of effort to prepare for class, and to deliver it the best way we know how.

On the other hand, mobile devices are extraordinarily tempting, especially when we're receiving some communication from a friend.

When this happens during the following math class, the lecturer's frustration boils over.

Perhaps the lecturer could have handled this situation differently...

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