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Friday, November 24, 2017

Another voice on banning laptops

This time it is Susan Dynarski (Economics at Michigan). Nothing new in the piece, since the studies she cites (UCLA/Princeton and West Point) are a few years old at this point. She does close by arguing that the same conclusion should apply to middle and high schools and to business meetings.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 24, 2017 at 03:55 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink

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First they come for the Milos, then they come for the laptops.

Posted by: Persephone | Nov 24, 2017 6:24:04 PM

Thanks for the post , and that related article , yet , very wrong and lousy attitude with all due respect . One can think of endless methods for sticking to advantages extracted from the use of laptops in classes , while eliminating any apparent disadvantage , and just some few :

First , the idea that students may be distracted by visuals on screens , is really baseless , one can ban crossing to any site or pages other than word processor software for typing simply . How could one reach such idea ?? facebook , twitter ?? what is it ??

Second : It didn't cross even the minds of those authors of the article or surveys had been conducted , that , taking snap shots , produce templates , pictures , and there , you can't activate the " search " function within a document . So , how shall one navigate inside endless documents or words within a document ?? Such incapability , is enough for reducing significantly the capacity and efficiency of one student !! Anyway , to do it in classroom with smart phone , wouldn't distract their mind either ??

Third : it may take some time , yet , finally , one may get used to typing in delay also , and not simultaneously necessarily , summarizing so better the lecture . However , it is better to cover as much as possible , because , one can't online , while writing , understand always , what is more essential , what less .
Finally , if there is an issue of bothering noises , one can type on virtual keyboard on screen ( contact screen with fingers , like in Smartphone ) or converting even voice to transcript . Another method , may be , using tiny mouse , or virtual fingers (Super Fun USB Finger Optical 3D Mouse , see link ahead ) .

Links super fun USB finger :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfjDdabJ2gU

Thanks


Posted by: El roam | Nov 24, 2017 6:31:01 PM

One may also chcek , the new laptop of Microsoft in this regard , having there a touch screen , here :

http://www.tomsguide.com/faq/id-2379895/click-microsoft-surface-touchscreen.html

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Nov 24, 2017 7:54:36 PM

He who wants , can check , digital papers or pens , here some :

https://www.sony.com/electronics/digital-paper-systems/t/digital-paper-notepad

http://www.toptenreviews.com/electronics/family/best-digital-pens/

Posted by: El roam | Nov 24, 2017 8:08:07 PM

And here :

https://goo.gl/v6yb92

Posted by: El roam | Nov 24, 2017 8:10:06 PM

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