Patt Morrison for March 10, 2010

Laptops in the classroom - to ban or not to ban? That is the new question.

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Laptop ban

The prevalence of laptops in college classrooms has been hailed as good and bad. Students love it. They can type faster than they can write, AND they can surf the web during class! Professors across the country have figured that out and have started banning laptops in the classroom. On the flip side, smart phones are here to stay, so what good will a ban on laptops really do when students can just pull out their phones and check their email? And how will professors enforce this rule in larger classrooms? We talk to two professors about their views on the issue.


David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown Law School. Banned laptops in his classroom. His most recent book is “Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism.”

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Doesn't agree with banning laptops.

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