Tuesday, October 09, 2007

[TIPS] banning laptops

Another article (and audio file) about professors banning laptops in college classrooms. Should we be worried? I don't think so.
I would AGREE that laptops are a distraction when used in a classroom that's taught in the traditional methods of teaching with a teacher standing up front doing a brain dump for an hour. I would argue that OF COURSE they are. But then I'd argue that if those same students were in a classroom that was designed to engage the students into digging deeper and exploring and researching and collaborating, then perhaps those computers would be absolutely necessary.
Don't blame the tool.

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