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Attention and Distraction: Digital Technologies and Us


Samrat Pathania


Monday, March 19, 2018       7:30 PM


Marist College, Hancock Center (Building 14 on map), Room 2023. Park just north of Hancock Center, or in parking lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

More Information

This program is free and open to the public. Attendees should RSVP at Meetup.com.

All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.

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About the Topic

In our global, interconnected world, it is critical that our students have the skills to harness the incredible power of digital technologies to enhance human potential for creativity and communication. However, this requires us to be aware of obstacles to learning that they may encounter as a consequence of their use of digital technologies. This presentation looks at some of the deleterious effects of digital tools on cognition, memory and attention and thus challenges the assumption that Technological Progress = Human Progress.

About the Speaker

Samrat is a former software engineer/programmer who currently teaches physics, mathematics and software programming courses at Wallkill High School. Samrat was born and raised in India and came to the US at the age of 24. He worked for several years as a Java programmer, both in India and the US, before deciding to become a teacher. He is currently engaged in graduate mathematics research with his mentor, Dr. David Clark, at SUNY New Paltz. He is interested in the advances in digital technologies as they pertain to the question of human well-being and flourishing.

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