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computers in class

computers in class
« on: November 30, 2007, 04:03:13 PM »
I have never sat in on a law school class, so this probably sounds like a dumb question to most of you guys. I was wondering if students all have laptops out during class, typing their notes, etc or do people still use the good old pen and paper method? I am also wondering is this varies from school to school or if one or the other is pretty much the standard across the board.

Re: computers in class
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 04:13:37 PM »
I have never sat in on a law school class, so this probably sounds like a dumb question to most of you guys. I was wondering if students all have laptops out during class, typing their notes, etc or do people still use the good old pen and paper method? I am also wondering is this varies from school to school or if one or the other is pretty much the standard across the board.

i'd say about 7/10 use laptops in my section...my Ks prof doesn't allow laptops tho

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007, 04:24:50 PM »
I can see how it could be distracting. I graduated from grad school nearly five years ago and was always a good note taker. I did it the old fashioned way, of course. I'm not sure I understand the advantage of using a laptop. I feel like I can write faster than I can type. Maybe not. Are there advantages I'm not thinking of? Do students ever need to get online during class?

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Re: computers in class
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007, 04:58:54 PM »
Advantages:
-Get used to typing quickly, which comes in handy for finals
-Can adjust your notes to fit an organization style that helps you
-don't have to recopy as much when it comes time to outline
-can print out, adjust, modify, then print out again if you want
-generally easier to read


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Re: computers in class
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007, 06:11:56 PM »
I take my notes by computer and outline by hand. But I don't think there are many who follow that quirk.

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Re: computers in class
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2007, 07:04:31 PM »
How often to professors prohibit computers/recording devices in class?

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Re: computers in class
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2007, 07:13:47 PM »
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Re: computers in class
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2007, 10:51:43 AM »
Yeah I am thinking of not bringing my laptop to class next semester but haven't decided yet... I got really distracted during class by my laptop. Though in some classes the prof would be making reference to something and it would be nice to google it or use westlaw to find what case they were talking about so that I could follow along better.

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Re: computers in class
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2007, 12:04:41 PM »
How often to professors prohibit computers/recording devices in class?

We aren't allowed to bring recording devices to any of our classes. Has to do with some state law, I believe we'd need the permission of everyone in the classroom or something.

Unsure of any profs here who prohibit computers.

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Re: computers in class
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2007, 02:48:23 PM »
I take my notes by computer and outline by hand. But I don't think there are many who follow that quirk.

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