Listen. Do you hear that click-press-patter of fingertips on a keyboard? Is it interrupting the lecture? Is the student taking notes or emailing a friend?
Pause for a moment. Scan the classroom. Are the downward faces tilted toward a glass screen? Does a soft glow emanate from below desks as statuses update, are liked, and text messages sent? A phone is held out. Is a picture being taken of the whiteboard and loaded into Evernote or is a video being recorded to be uploaded to Youtube.
Hear the soft tracings of a pen on paper. Are notes being taken or is a picture being drawn?
Students come to campus packing laptops, phones, and tablets. Some of them complete the trifecta and tote around gear like an embedded journalist. Their job is to learn. They’re bringing tools to accomplish this goal. Are students in for a shock when they enter a classroom and are told to stow their tablets or laptops or will they find an environment that encourages technology use?
The decision is the professor’s and in this post we want to hear from you.
What is your policy toward mobile devices in the classroom? How do you see the technology? And, if you are for or against the use of mobile technology, please share your reasons.