Laptops in the Classroom, continued

27 Sep

Hi, everyone. I’d love to know what fellow UHPers think about this Boston Globe piece on laptops in the classroom. I confess that found myself entirely in sync with the author, Carlo Rotella, who writes:

“Your money buys you the opportunity to pay attention to the other people on campus and to have them pay attention to you — close, sustained, active, fully engaged attention, undistracted by beeps, chimes, tweets, klaxons, ring tones, ads, explosions, continuous news feeds, or other mind-jamming noise. You qualify for admission, you pay your money, and you get four years — maybe the last four years you’ll ever get — to really attend to the ideas of other human beings, thousands of years’ worth of them, including the authors of the texts on the syllabus and the people in the room with you.”

Check out the piece in its entirety and let us know what you think:

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/09/27/tuition_lost_on_the_techno_dependent/?page=2

Maria Frawley

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