LAPTOPS IN THE CLASSROOM: A discussion post over at Above the Law.
I’m not convinced that they do much to advance learning — every once in a while a student will look something up that furthers class discussion, but it’s hardly a daily occurrence. Often the other students will IM answers to whoever I call on, which is fine with me as it means that more people are thinking about the answer than just whoever’s in the hot seat. But generally I think it’s a waste of time. I don’t object much, though, as they’ll just have to deal with similar distractions once they’ve graduated. This is practice, and the grades will reflect who’s better at it.