Laptops in higher ed classrooms
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Watwood had a great post
a few weeks back on student use of laptops in
university classrooms. I just found it and left
him a comment(as you can see, I was my usual restrained self!):
The whole issue is just goofy.
First of all, who in their right mind expects students to sit and listen to
them for 50 minutes (or longer) without EVER wandering off mentally? It's
unreasonable and goes against how we know the brain works. You can't fight
Second, as Seth Godin notes, if your target audience isn't listening, it's
not their fault but yours. Just like we tell K-12 teachers: classroom management
(i.e., student attention) stems from good instruction.
Finally, these digital devices - particularly in conjunction with the
Internet - are the most empowering things we humans have yet created. Why don't
we start figuring out how to use them productively in class rather than banning
Our K-12 and higher ed students think we're totally clueless and they're
Be sure to check
out Britt's post. I thought his scenarios were excellent.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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