Grey Tales


Tales from an Instructional Technologist in the world of legal education and beyond…

HLS professors & students discuss banning laptops 4/10/06

I think one of the interesting arguments was between students who argue that having the laptops in the classroom actually increases attendance because students can multitask and work on other things when the lecture is not engaging. Some professor’s countered by stating “when people multitask, their ability to reason at a high level is severely impaired.”

Is this simply a generation gap, where students have been programmed to multitask and, as a result, are afforded the ability to be more efficient? Are professors correct that multitasking only affords distraction and hinders their students ability to reason? Are they simply fearing the technology is forcing them to either spend more time figuring out how to make the lectures engaging to students or be labeled dull? It is an intersting debate!


Filed under: Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Legal Education

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