Prior to the start of one of my classes this morning, I looked around the room at the students who had arrived early.
At this point there were about 10-15 students, about half the class.
I then noticed every one of them had something in common.
No, they weren’t all wearing Villanova Basketball t-shirts.
No, they weren’t getting ready to settle in for a nice nap once class got started. Well, at least not all of them.
And no, they’re weren’t actively discussing what we had covered the previous class.
I can tell you they were all doing something I would have never dreamed of doing when I was in college 45 years ago.
So what was it they were doing?
Every one of them was using their smartphone. (And as a I vaguely recall every single one of those smartphones was an iPhone).
Now I am not making any judgment here. I certainly use my phone quite often, and in the same exact way that these students did. When I’ve got a few spare moments, odds are quite high I’ll check my phone.
It just got me thinking about what I was doing when I was sitting in a classroom, ready for the class to begin.
I’m not positive, but my guess I was drawing stars all over my notebook.
If given the choice, I would have gone with the smartphone as well…