Educational Technology

February 28, 2011

Lay Off the Laptop

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:32 am

by Dan Treadway, Huffington Post

Professors at some Universities such as George Washington University and the University of Virginia have even combated the problem by banning laptops from lecture halls. But it’s the professors themselves who can encourage the excessive use of laptops by relying on programs such as Powerpoint while lecturing. Powerpoint slides allow the professor to cover a multitude of information in a limited amount of time before moving on to the next slide, leaving slower hand writers in the dust. But most universities today seem to cater to the laptop dependent student. One semester at UT Austin, between bubbled in Scantron tests and typed up research papers, I didn’t have to utilize my handwriting one time. The result was $120 in printer cartridges and me partially forgetting the cursive alphabet.

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