Thursday, June 29, 2006
Interesting article on Law Crossing: The Good Law Student, the Bad Professor, and the Ugly Computer, by Megan Rellahan:
Rather than going to lecture halls and taking notes the old-fashioned, pen-and-paper way, students are lugging their laptops to class and transcribing verbatim what the professor says. With computers becoming a central theme on campus, the professors are having a difficult time adjusting. Some have gone so far as to ban computer usage in their classrooms, which has stirred up nationwide controversy.
Shameless plug: I argue in a recent article that law faculty should enlist new technology (wireless handheld transmitters) to keep students engaged in the classroom. Taking Back the Law School Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning, 54 J. Legal Educ. 311 (2004). For New York Times coverage of the use of this technology in law schools, see here.
For prior TaxProf Blog coverage of the law school laptop wars, see: