[caption id="attachment_51223" align="alignleft" width="150"] Learning to live with both internal and external distractions is all about teaching the concept of focus, Rosen writes.[/caption]

A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report surveyed 2,462 middle and high school Advanced Placement and national writing project teachers and concluded that: "Overwhelming majorities agree with the assertions that today's digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and today's students are too 'plugged in' and need more time away from their digital technologies."

Two-thirds of the respondents agree with the notion that today's...

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