Laptops a distraction in the classroom

July 25, 2007

A recent US study shows that students who brought laptops to class spent more time emailing, surfing the net, and posing a distraction to their peers -- ultimately resulting in a weaker understanding of course material and a 5% lower average grade.  As more campuses become wireless, the temptation for students is becoming greater, leading some law professors at the University of Victoria to ban laptops from the classroom altogether.  In response, students are placing the onus on professors to be more engaging with their material and to look for new instructional strategies to incorporate laptops into lessons.