Friday, January 20, 2017

Phones In Class: Here's a First

So I don't allow students to use phones, laptops, etc. in my classes except in special circumstances by special arrangement. I make this very clear in the syllabus, and on the first day of class. I've already had to tell one student to put her phone away--at least she waited until the second day of class to whip it out...
   Today, I'm doing the Venn diagrams thing. Student asks a question--actually a pretty good question. I start explaining, draw something on the board (which takes about 20-30 seconds), turn around...and I'll be damned if the student--THE VERY STUDENT WHO ASKED THE QUESTION I WAS JUST ANSWERING--is not on his phone.
   I know the Trumpocalypse is nigh, and this is the most frivolous of complaints, but it's keeping my mind off of the impending reductio of my country...so...there's that...

4 Comments:

Blogger Pete Mack said...

Laptops are by far the easiest way to take notes, except in classes that need little sketches like organic chemistry.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Aa said...

laptops are distracting. Everyone behind the person is gazing at the laptop and not the board, and the 'clicking' of keys is annoying. I ban them in the classroom. However, my classes have grown so large (>100) that as long as the electronics are below the plane of the desk I don't say anything.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, I stopped allowing laptops in class after a former colleague of mine started sitting in on law school classes. He'd sit in the back of the big lecture hall, and after a couple of weeks of this he told me: if someone has a laptop out in class, they aren't paying attention. According to him, basically every person with a laptop out is on Facebook, or watching videos. When I was naive about this stuff, I thought these two kids were just really paying attention in class, but then I realized they were both playing video games. One failed and one got a 'D'...but still...

9:51 AM  
Blogger Aa said...

I also tell them I know exactly who's not paying attention to what's going on in class. (1) my discipline rarely makes people laugh and (2) no one smiles that much towards their laps.

4:37 PM  

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