Tuesday, 17 June 2014

To ban or not to ban laptops, that is the question

Different approaches to the question of laptops in the classroom

Here's part of a debate that's ongoing in many or most schools and campuses. Tech tools are increasingly embedded in everyday practices across age groups, social classes, schools, and nations around the globe. n today's technology-dependent social, cultural and educational environments, how relevant is the question of banning laptops from the classroom?

Robert Talbert's article opens with a link to Dan Rockmore's in The New Yorker. The language of "banning" reveals an inflexible authoritarianism that is an education in itself. Talbert's response is a reminder that there's more to relevant education and learning tools than can sometimes be readily viewed from the front of the lecture hall.