The results were striking— and disappointing for people who believe that better classroom technology and implementation will produce higher student achievement. I read a little further. I was no longer troubled or confused.
Sound And Fury September 04, Subjects: Higher Education Technology A recent commentary piece in the New York Times generated a flurry of debate over the proper use of technology in college classrooms.
At FutureEd, we turned to some of our research advisors and senior fellows for their experiences with laptops and cell phones. And my pedagogy, at least in this course, is otherwise quite traditional: At first I welcomed this development, grateful that my plus students would have ready access to course readings and an efficient way to capture our conversations.
This semester, I went a step further. Inspired by the same body of research University of Michigan economist Sue Dynarski reviewed in her recent New York Times column, I decided to ban laptops altogether—at least during the 50 percent of class meetings that are primarily lectures.
I continued to allow wireless-free use for the other half of classes, when students work in small groups on projects for which access to readings is helpful and can hold one another accountable.
And, of course, students who required a laptop for accessibility reasons were welcome to use them. From my subjective perspective as instructor, the change in classroom environment was unambiguously positive.
The fact that more students were looking at me, not at their devices, made it easier for me to know when we were on the same page. A few eyebrows raised when I announced the policy on day one, but I received no complaints about the policy once it was in place.
In fact, the only complaints I received were about students consulting their smartphones with greater frequency, a problem that now seems easy to solve.
It provided the push I needed to ban the laptops and phones I had long suspected did nothing good in my classroom.
I implemented a no-laptop, no-phone policy in both my classes this fall—while noting students who wished to use technology to accommodate a disability could do so. I shared the evidence base with students. I posted the policy on my syllabus, informing students that violating the policy constituted sufficiently unprofessional behavior that I would be unable to provide recommendations for any offenders.
This fall I taught two classes, both with under 20 students.
One class, Intermediate Microeconomics, requires a lot of graphing and equations. The class is not conducive to note-taking on a computer and students typically have not used laptops in this class in the past.
The biggest difference from past years was that no students were surreptitiously texting in class. This led to a nice feedback effect in which I did not get annoyed and distracted watching them text. I also taught an education policy elective in which all readings were provided electronically.Tips for Managing Laptops in the Classroom.
Laptops in the Classroom – Pros, Cons, and Policies; Tips for Managing Email; Filed Under: Teaching, Technology Planning, Tips. About Kim Mann. Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in and her. A recent commentary piece in the New York Times generated a flurry of debate over the proper use of technology in college classrooms.
At FutureEd, we turned to some of our research advisors and senior fellows for their experiences with laptops and cell phones. Martin West. Jan 24, · Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?: NPR Ed We asked teachers, professors, a psychiatrist and a technologist for their thoughts, and we heard a range of opinions on one.
Two classroom-based studies (discussed below) suggest that students’ use of laptops can have a positive effect on their attention and learning—if these tools are used for course-related, instructional purposes.
In contrast, one of the two studies found a negative correlation between use of laptops in class and course grade when laptop use. Re-evaluating Laptops in the Classroom. Advocates hailed the Mooresville, N.C. school district after they introduced laptops. Now the benefits aren't certain.
Do professors who study education policy allow their students to use laptops in the classroom?