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Jim Huggins
June 20th, 2008
04:17 pm
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modern professor's joke
Reportedly, this was the basis of a skit at a Yale Law School event ...

The students sit in class, tapping away at their laptops as the boring old law professor mechanically plods through his lecture. Except one. Instead of hunching over a portable computer or a notebook, he's playing solitaire with a deck of cards on his desk. The professor halts his droning. "What are you doing?" he demands. The student shrugs. "My laptop is broken," he says.

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Date:June 20th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)

Is this why they don't like laptops in class?
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Date:June 20th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Mostly, yeah. While there is the potential that students with laptops will use them for the "right reasons" (taking notes, looking up supplemental information), there's the potential that students will use the for the "wrong reasons" (surfing, email, shopping, etc.). Worse, stuff being done for the "wrong reasons" could be distracting to other students.

I mostly try to stay out of it ... I figure that if students are that bored with me, then I should get my @#$! together and be more engaging. Plus, in CS, there are plenty of good reasons to have laptops for classroom stuff. But I can certainly empathize with my colleagues who aren't as comfortable.
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