A loyal reader sent me this article, which I’ve seen in a couple of different places, “The Laptop Problem” (from The Washington Monthly). This isn’t a new issue: the basic desire to institutionally ban laptops from classrooms ignores at least three issues for me. First, sometimes it’s really useful for students to have laptops with internets connections. Second, there’s a really easy solution to this that’s missing and this article suggests: if a professor thinks that students ought to turn off their laptops, why not say “hey, close your laptops and pay attention to this.” How hard is that?
And third, if a professor is so boring that it is prompting students to check their Facebook status and/or update their Twitter feeds, then maybe they ought to be more interesting?