Laptops in higher ed classrooms
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.
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