Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Distraction in the Classroom

A university professor was arrested last week for closing the laptop of a student (on her fingers) who was checking Facebook and twitter during his lecture.  Students using their phone or computer to surf the net during class is a problem I have witnessed at Baylor.  Apparently, professors should not assault students who are engaged in social-media during class.  But, how should the professor respond? Is this even a problem the professor should worry about? 

For this List-Day Wednesday, the topic is:
How should a teacher respond to students who use their computer/phone for entertainment during class?

Here is my list.
  • Prohibit the use of laptops and phones during class.
  • Ask the student, during class, to not use their device for Facebook.
  • Count the student as absent for that day.

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