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if you have a very specific professor who gives you lots of material not covered in the book, you'll be SOL if you don't listen in class. That's my two cents anyways.
Quote from: Specks on October 20, 2010, 02:02:55 PM if you have a very specific professor who gives you lots of material not covered in the book, you'll be SOL if you don't listen in class. That's my two cents anyways.This assumes that professors even remember what they covered in class. "Ah yes, that exam answer sounds like something I would say... yes, excellent."
Even if used productively (i.e., not to check the latest updates on Twitter), laptops are still a distraction. That learning should already have happened; the classroom is for a different purpose. And when laptops are used to check the latest updates on Twitter . . . .
Quote from: Thane Messinger on October 20, 2010, 11:48:49 PMEven if used productively (i.e., not to check the latest updates on Twitter), laptops are still a distraction. That learning should already have happened; the classroom is for a different purpose. And when laptops are used to check the latest updates on Twitter . . . .On the other hand, the practice of law is full of computers, and they don't get any less distracting (as evidenced by me posting here and now). Cynically (and semi-facetiously) one might suggest that computers should be encouraged in the classroom simply as practice for reality.
Good points, Thane, but you turned my suggestion into something far more substantive than it was. I was making the much lower-level observation that law practice is full of distractions, particularly including computer distractions. Therefore, intentionally exposing students to computer distractions in class might prepare/train/inoculate them for computer distractions in the office.Both this post and my prior should be read with tongue halfway into cheek.
Some professors say that it is their job to command the attention of the class, and if the class were engaging/demanding enough, very few students would surf the internet.First of all, would the limitation of distractions really increase student performance/education? Is there a correlation between computer use during class and test performance? Is there a causal link?Second, If a student can get good grades without paying attention, why should they have to listen? Why do they have to go to class at all?Finally, what do you think about having an internet free section of a classroom. (e.g., front three rows, left side of the class, etc.)
From my experience I noticed that the people who stay off the internet do well and those who have to check their facebook every 20 seconds do not do so well. This was really seen in the second semester of my first year. My school has a fairly high attrition rate and the first semester everybody was pretty focused and scared sh**less of failing out. I saw no internet use from anyone the first semester and then our grades came back and most people did alright. However, once that fear went away people started having to check their facebook every 20 seconds. Then when second semester grades came people were astonished at their grades. I had that happen to several of my friends and they were shocked that their grades went down so much. Not being an a-hole I said man that sucks etc, but in my mind I was thinking well you missed a several classes because you simply did not feel like coming and when you did show up you were on the internet half the time. There are exceptions and some people can get away with not paying attention, but I can see no reason why you should risk finding out if you are smart enough to be one of those people that does not have to work hard. Especially when you are paying 30k a year and your G.P.A. is so important to finding your first job.