ERIC Number: EJ803889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-13
Reference Count: 0
Law Professors Rule Laptops out of Order in Class
Foster, Andrea L.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n40 pA1 Jun 2008
The forbidden-laptop zone is territory into which few professors dare tread. Students have been known to protest when laptops are banned from a classroom, and even claim that they are being denied a proper education. Professors who have taken the bold step, though, sound like they've experienced an epiphany. A professor at the University, Don Herzog, tried a one-day ban as an experiment. He was not only stunned by how much better the class was, the students volunteered that it was much better. It's unusual to walk into a law class, or any classroom in a professional school today, without viewing a sea of open laptop lids blocking students' faces and hearing the steady hum of fingers striking keyboards. A growing--albeit small--number of law professors like Herzog are pushing back. Students with laptops, they argue, surf the Web instead of engaging in class, and play games, shop online, or e-mail friends, distracting themselves and those who sit near them.
Descriptors: Legal Education (Professions), College Faculty, Computers, Law Students, Internet, Computer Attitudes, Classroom Techniques
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