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Laptops or No Laptops? The Debate on Lecture Hall Technology

16 JUL 2015
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For any first year university students, it will be familiar to hear the term “No laptops” by a professor at the start of a course. More and more university teachers are saying no to laptops—and it’s understandable why. Free school WiFi means endless distractions are available at the click of a button. And once you begin watching YouTube videos on your laptop, there’s a good chance that at least 3 other people sitting behind you will be distracted by watching it too.

One Stanford professor, Jim Steyer, recently made headlines for discussing why he’s banned laptops from the classroom:

They just can’t control themselves from Facebooking or getting on Instagram and other stuff, so I make them take notes the old fashioned way — by hand — and it’s proven to be very successful and the students appreciate it.”

Considering that the information students need is being presented in the lecture, Steyer believe laptops are unnecessary. That being said, they can be and are helpful for the many students who face learning disabilities and challenges such as handwriting.

Do you think professors should be allowed to ban laptops in their classroom? Why or why not?

Source: Huffington Post