Professors Say Ban The Laptops
from the pipe-down,-I've-got-a-good-hand-here dept
As people deal with the impact of technology on their lives, occasionally there's some pushback, like from law professors banning laptops in their classrooms. The profs say the machines inhibit debate and turn their students into "stenographers", and they're tired of catching people surfing the web or playing online poker during lectures. While that's probably annoying, what's the point in banning laptops because some students can't handle them? If a law student can't be bothered to stop playing poker while they're in class, it's unlikely that taking away the machine is going to turn them into a good, attentive student. There's an inherent risk in adopting new technologies for education, that some people will abuse them. But is it really any different than somebody doodling or daydreaming? Laptop computers aren't making people bad students, they're just doing a better job than pen and paper of keeping bad students entertained.