What do you think of this professor's actions? While I am not prepared to make such a move, I have noticed that when I teach, the students who most engage in the discussion are the ones who do not have their faces in front of a computer screen.
I would be interested in hearing from teachers and students-- those who use laptops in class and those who do not.
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From Associated Press
March 29, 2006 8:21 AM EST
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A University of Memphis law professor has banned laptop computers from her classroom and her students are passing a petition against it.
Professor June Entman says her main concern is that students are so busy keyboarding they can't think and analyze what she's telling them.
Students have begun collecting signatures on petitions and tried unsuccessfully to file a complaint with the American Bar Association.
Student Cory Winsett says if he must continue without his laptop, he'll transfer to another school. Winsett says he won't be able to keep up if he has to rely on hand-written notes, which he says are incomplete and less organized.