Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Killing Internet in the Classroom

In the three years since I've taught a regular class here at Emory, I've watched the increase in wireless access throughout the campus and have wondered what it will mean for the classes I will teach this fall. Undoubtedly it will be a good thing in some cases, but in others it's an opportunity for students to be Facebooking, IMing, or shopping during class. This idea rankles me somewhat. So it was interesting today to read a quick article from the Chronicle's Wired Campus blog about a professor considering banning laptops from his classroom. The comments to this post are predicable: some people arguing that we can't deny students a tool and that students have the right to choose how they learn and some people arguing that students are not customers and that the professor is in charge of learning in hir classroom. It also links to a longer article about the University of Chicago's law school getting rid of wireless access.