Should I ban laptops in my class?Posted: February 4, 2013
And I fear that this post will make me sound cranky.. but it’s becoming a concern.
I teach a multimedia course, and naturally it’s great when students can follow along visiting the online sites I’m talking about, investigating the tools… I don’t mind if they Google what I’m teaching
I ask only that they don’t tweet what we’re saying in class, no Facebook and please… ‘no cat videos.’
What I’m noticing is that it’s difficult for some students to have a laptop open and not be MSM’ing each other, Facebooking, etc. Some I catch when they think I’m not looking, others flout. They don’t care.
This gets disruptive when students are nudging their neighbours to watch banned skittles advertisements and more on YouTube. (No, I will not post a link)
And it really gets frustrating when I teach how to use an online tool, and then face a round of questions asking exactly what I just taught.
I have to admit, I have social networking sites up all day in the newsroom, but this is different… I’m trying to teach these students something.
There are arguments made by some students that they are champion multitaskers. Frontline did an excellent piece on this, called ‘Multitasking at MIT.‘
Even here at Carleton University, the Educational Development Centre posted on Laptops in the classroom ‘Do!’ in 2008. (Note: The above pic is from that blog post.)
Here’s the thing – I’m willing to allow laptops, if I know students are taking notes.
But I’m not always convinced that they are.
Do I sound like a technology-fearing luddite? (and isn’t that a horrible redundancy?)