Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Laptop Use in Classrooms

A recent Washington Post article describes the trend towards banning laptops in classrooms across the country. At Georgetown Law, Professor Cole prohibits laptop use in his classes and describes them as "little more than an attractive nuisance." However, this self-described Internet addict admits that the "Internet can be a useful pedagogical tool in some settings and for some subjects."

For a more dramatic take on the use of laptops in the classroom, check out this video:

Most professors still find the benefits of laptop use in the classroom outweigh the risks, particularly in classes where professors have incorporated and rely upon the use of technology to teach or are referring to online resources and asking students to follow along. See Professor Caron's article supporting the use of technology in classrooms to foster active student learning.
-- Kristina Alayan

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