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Students go tech-free for class

Students taking Jason Harding's U.S. History Honors course are not using electronics for two days--voluntarily, of course.

The purpose of this 24-48 hour experiment is to be without the most recent and modern communication available to the general public today. In order to complete this project the right way, students were instructed to stay off of electronic devices, phones, computers, TVs, and more.

Students will receive five points of extra credit on their next test should they choose to complete the assignment. To receive full credit, students must:

  1. Not use a wireless phone or anyone else's wireless phone.
  2. Not use a computer, iPad, or other software to check any messages that the phone may be receiving during this 24-48 hour period (E-mail, text messages, Facebook, Twitter feeds, SnapChat, Instagram etc.)
  3. Record their thoughts and feelings during this 24-48 hour period specifically in regards to what it is like to NOT have this device.
  4. Be ready to discuss the experience with the class on Friday, April 20.

Questions Harding is hoping students can answer after the experiment are how many times students were reaching for their devices, how many times they thought about texting someone about what they were doing, and what they were able to accomplish during that time without technology?