We will be reading some articles from Hybrid Pedagogy, which is a wonderful online journal focusing on digital pedagogy that also has a podcast affiliated to it. This piece is related to some of the readings we read for this week's class. I especially love the first tweet included where the professor suggested we include a tech policy for pencil as well if we require it for laptops. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to evaluate our use of technology according to how well they enhance student learning. And we need to broad our understanding or technologies. A pencil is a piece of technology as much as a laptop; both can be distracting in different ways. I consider myself having used technology in class today when I asked students to design a mockup of an advertisement for an airline company in groups. Students were very serious about the task and spent a lot of time sketching out their ideas. They were very much engaged and were enacting the rhetorical concepts we have learned in class. I wonder how Clay Shirky is teaching about social media when he's not allowing students to use laptops in the classroom. Students will always get distracted because that's human nature. But if we engage the assemblage of human and nonhuman components in the classroom, we can minimize the distraction and even learn from our behaviors when we do get distracted.