Multitasking

Multitasking is an important skill that everyone will need to acquire in order to succeed in the future.  In the article Jenkins gives the formal definition of multitasking as "the ability to scan one's environment and shift focus as needed to salient details."  In lamer terms this means that a person needs to be able to shift attention from one thing to another while still taking in the information from both things.

"Multitasking"
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 MULTITASKING, GOOD IDEA BUT IS IT REALLY EFFECTIVE?

Although everyone thinks multitasking is possible and that they are able to juggle more than one task at a time, is our brain really able to keep up?  After reviewing Jenkins's idea on multitasking a quick Google search produced an article that seems to think that some tasks require you to have undivided attention on them in order to complete the task.  The article goes on to say that the more the brain is divided to conquer several tasks the more stress we encounter which results in the brain not being able to filter out irrelevant information.
 
Below is a supporting video for the article which states that the brain can not multitask because the "working memory" has a small capacity which results in a person having to "dump" tasks in order to make room for new tasks in the working memory.

Why the Human Brain Can't Multitask


Works Cited
 
Jenkins, Henry; with Clinton, Katie; Purushotma, Ravi; Robison, Alice J.; & Weigel, Margaret. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.macfound.org/media/article_pdfs/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF
 

 
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