#BYOD  (laptop edition) This article is about laptops, NOT phones. In my undergrad classes (and in faculty meetings, to be honest), the free-range laptop distracts in a way that phones do not. Phones may distract two people at most. But several people can clearly view any laptop screen that is not in the back row.

So in a conventional classroom or lecture hall, it matters when a laptop-wielder decides to go "off topic" for long. Nearby students WILL be distracted by someone else's device, even if they don't want to be.

For me the involuntary distraction is an important point that gets lost in our #edtech  advocacy. (Attention issues as discussed by +Howard Rheingold & +Cathy Davidson are still a side interest of mine, can you tell?)

Quoting from the linked article:

Since most students can type very quickly, laptops encourage them to copy down nearly everything said in the classroom. But when students stare at the screen of their laptops, something is lost. The students shift from being intellectuals, listening to one another, to being customer-service representatives, taking down orders.

Is the above quote correct? Any basis in research or in your experience? Does it even matter, if your class is not a traditional lecture?

+Justin Schwamm +Roz Hussin +Mathieu Plourde +Bob Calder +Al Elliott 

[Article scavenged from a comment at a recent Facebook post by Lisa Cooley]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/30/this-year-im-resolving-to-ban-laptops-from-my-classroom/
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