Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Susan Dynarski scrutinizes laptops in the classroom in New York Times article


In her article titled “Laptops are Great. But not During a Lecture or a Meeting,” professor Susan Dynarski states that laptops in classrooms decrease overall student learning. While noting that laptops can help students with learning disabilities, she says that “college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures.” Dynarski cites research demonstrating that students who type notes tend to transcribe a lecture instead of taking the time to process what was said.

Dynarski bans electronics in her own classes, explaining that “the best evidence available now suggests that students should avoid laptops during lectures and just pick up their pens. It’s not a leap to think that the same holds for middle and high school classrooms, as well as for workplace meetings.”

Susan Dynarski is Professor, School of Education; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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