Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Cindi May, Scientific American, Jul 21, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So this is another one of those research surveys of "students who were enrolled in an introductory psychology course" which tell us utterly nothing but make it into the news anyway. In this case, the 'news' in question is Scientific American, which should be ashamed of itself. The study measured computer use in class and found "students are spending up to one-third of valuable (and costly) class time zoned out, and the longer they are online the more their grades tend to suffer." There's no reason to believe this is true generally, especially for courses that are not data-dumps like Psych 101. Via Joanne Jacobs.

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