Banning laptops?

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    I wouldn't attend her class. My laptop is a part of my life--and wheelchair.

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    Teachers that don't embrace technology and find ways to integrate it into their classroom like this professor is also teaching their students on how to be out of touch for their future career. It's probably safe to assume that this teacher has a phobia of email too which hinders the students ability to learn and ask questions.

    Thanks for the links! There's not enough coverage, in fact, very little to no coverege on technology and education. I enjoy reading about how technology is being used in the classroom and out.

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    Matt S.

    I have two friends currently attending law school and very attached to their laptops while in class.  I think they would be completely lost without a laptop in hand.

    Laptops in the classroom is not a bad idea - true in some aspects it could easily distract students from paying attention.  But looking at it closely, it could really help a student progress in the class better.  For examply, I believe when I was attending school and could use a laptop I probably would have gotten better grades.  I can type much faster then write, so keeping up with class notes would be easier.  When I was in school I found myself missing majority of a lecture due to keeping up with hand written notes.

    Many software companies are making it easier for teachers to control individuals laptops and making sure everybody is on the same track.  Apple has something like this available with OS X.

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    Pat Phillips

    As a teacher for 25 years I saw many examples of banned technology. Usually it was a situation of the person fearing the technology because they didn't know much about the technology.
    The strategy I used was to clearly state the goals of lessons, student interactions, etc and then help teachers identify what and how some item of technology could address the goals. Technology for technology sake never works.
    It seems that this professor's goal is to have more interaction with students during the lectures. Perhaps posting an outline of the materials ahead of class that students would download could solve part of the problem. Students with the outline available on their laptops could spend time adding details instead of trying to get every word. The professor could pose questions within the outline for class discussion or even connect it to a blog where students could extend the discussion beyond class. Grading could even be tied to this extended discussion.

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