Author and psychologist Larry Rosen suggests some counterintuitive solutions for students who are being distracted and overwhelmed by numerous tech gadgets and applications. Among them: a "tech break," in which students are allowed to spend 15 minutes or so focusing only on technology -- checking social media sites, texting or watching videos on YouTube. Rosen suggests that under this disciplined approach, students be allowed 15 minutes of tech time for each 30 minutes of focused study. "It works amazingly," he said.

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