Addicted to my laptop

There’s been a lot of discussion in the past few weeks about whether or not classrooms should allow laptops. Most schools and teachers have adapted to the fact that students use laptops. Every lecture-type class that I’ve been in this semester has had at least a few students using laptops. They’re very useful. I often use my laptop in class to check up on news, something I’m not able to do in the rush of the morning. I also like the ability to look up whatever we’re talking about in class, to follow along with a reading…any of the many useful and legitimate things that a laptop can be used for. I can’t really figure out whether I advocate having them as part of the class. Sometimes I realize that it’s distracting me from what I’m trying to do and I can make myself stop, but that’s when I care about what’s going on the in the class. If I’m particularly bored I generally wander about on the computer a little more. Sometimes I’m rather ashamed to be using my laptop, although as it’s a better tool than taking notes by hand most of the time. It’s an issue definitely to be discussed, and one that I feel that will never be resolved. Someday I think I’ll have to make up my mind if I decide to go into teaching. But I think that in some ways it’s good for you to have to use a laptop because it teaches you the limits of your ability to focus; it can make you a better student or worker.

10 Comments

  1. scott

    March 3, 2007 @ 4:33 am

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  2. scott

    March 3, 2007 @ 4:39 am

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    I’ve never brought a laptop to class. I don’t think they should be allowed unless it’s a computer class. Taking notes shorthand is very useful in the fast paced world of business. In the past year (I graduated college 2 or 3 yrs ago,) I had an important job that, although it involved computers, also involved taking notes continuously because of the extreme number of tasks that had to be done. And, distraction comes in many forms. Being forced to read a newspaper isn’t a terrible thing by any means.

  3. william baquero herrera

    March 5, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

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    I agree with use laptop, I was almost always co-computing with at least two or three other people in every class. The real ubiquity of laptops in the classroom is now an essential tool for me, because PC shows another vision of understanding (speccially in modeling and chart activities) In my own experience, its very convenient of a laptop or its impressive capabilities that was driving student usage.

  4. Renee Meyocks

    April 28, 2007 @ 11:24 am

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    What are the laptops of choice for Harvard students?

  5. Stavros

    August 27, 2007 @ 5:28 am

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    Nice

  6. Motorhomes

    September 13, 2007 @ 10:13 am

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    Yeah, I can sympathize with you. I can’t go anywhere without my laptop!

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  7. Harry

    March 18, 2008 @ 7:53 am

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    I donn’t think that using Laptops in the classrom is harmful. untilunless you are using is safley and not missusing it. Even I cannot go anywhere without my laptop…becasue there are lots of information stored..

  8. youtube.com/melliebourgeois109

    September 7, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

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    Personally, I do not need to use a laptop in school (im on my third year of high school now) but I do however believe that if someone does have a use for it, it should be allowed. I would rather write my notes by hand and be sure that they wont be deleted or messy (especially for math!) Some students are faster typers and get hand cramps, so for those people, I dont understand that if you want to use a laptop, your not allowed by some teachers. The teachers are doing there jobs, if they lose the information or are playing games they should be mature enough to pay the consequences and have to photocopy the notes, or be stupid and just fail the test. But I believe if your in high school, especially third year, you kinda get the choice to study and go to school or do nothing and go nowhere.

  9. Achilles Tendonitis

    November 27, 2009 @ 6:02 am

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    Great article

  10. cnpictures

    July 19, 2010 @ 4:23 am

    10

    Nice

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