(oops, sent my response to the wrong message, trying again)
this should be seen as a learning opportunity. Laptops are symptom of new
possibilities for learning as well as distraction. As per the iPad comments
– it’s hard to pick and choose between good bits and bad bits.
While I understand the value of stop-gap measures they shouldn’t be more
I’m overly influenced by Seymour Papert and my own personal experience.
I don’t make much use of laptops during conferences and lectures –
if I’m not going to pay attention I wander out. That’s harder for
students. I do know that as soon as I ran out of distractions, like drinking
coffee, in my student days I’d escape by falling asleep.
problem here sounds like a problem with how we approach education –
getting students to take responsibility for learning rather than expecting them
to master a subject by being forced to pay attention. Is there a class in how
to learn by using available materials including lectures? Do teachers try to
“sell” understanding or just lecture?
they graduate distractions are the norm – will students be prepared to
take responsibility for continuing to learn?
From: Dave Farber
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 11:31
Subject: [IP] ] Laptops in the classroom -- a reverse of direction
Anyone care to estimate time to
jailbreak the ipad. djf
For IP, if you wish:
On Tue, Mar 09, 2010 at 10:33:42AM -0500, David Farber wrote:
The Post carries a story this morning about the trend to ban
in the classroom. Faculty who used to welcome laptops
them because multitasking students don't pay full attention
discussion. This is a possibility, I audited Julie
copyright law class at Georgetown back in 2006 and although
students seems to be taking noted intensively, I was struck
number of students who were using their laptops for other
young man sitting in front of me spent my of the class
his election blog.
This seems like a perfect for the iPad and other devices that don't
"support" user multitasking. It seems a very short stretch to simply
disable the home button on the iPad until the teacher code is typed
in, allowing teachers to load up an application relevant to the class
and not permitting students access to anything else while the class is
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