A Reason To Keep Laptops Out of the Classroom

6 June 2009 at 12:06 pm 2 comments

| Peter Klein |

I missed this Doonesbury strip when it came out in 2007 (click to enlarge). Made me cringe. (HT: John Drobak)

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  • 1. Michael E. Marotta  |  6 June 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I am of two minds on this. I turn 60 this year. I returned to school to complete the degrees I never needed when all that was required was to work hard and be smart. When I complete the master’s I am working on, I will be able to teach. So, I see this from both sides.

    Myself, I tried computering in the classroom twice with two different devices, but nothing beats pen and paper for flexibility and portability — but… I tried the computer the second time when the professor integrated online content in her lectures.

    As for Ziipper googling the answers, my suggestion to the professor is to ask not the kinds of questions that anyone can look up, but instead those which require critical analysis of known facts. In truth “call and response” may not be good classroom technique, even if it is acceptable liturgy.

    Also, interestingly, Zipper is receiving email in class from within the class. There is no way to monitor this, though talking and passing notes may be discouraged or forbidden.

    Perhaps it is not that laptops should be banned, but that the classroom experience should be redesigned and reinstantiated.

    Mike M.
    Michael E. Marotta

  • 2. Andre Sammartino  |  10 June 2009 at 12:49 am

    I’m equally concerned about the guy in the red shirt in panel one who appears to be listening to his iPod…

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