Laptops in the classroom

Andrea Beth Campbell, Roy P. Pargas
2003 ACM SIGCSE Bulletin  
This paper focuses on a rapidly growing population on many college and university campuses today: students equipped with laptop computers capable of wireless connection to the Internet. More and more departments are requiring that students enrolling in certain courses bring laptop computers to class. The course instructor is sometimes overwhelmed by the prospect, asking "How should I change my lesson plan in order to integrate the laptop in my daily lecture?" This paper first describes the
more » ... t to bring the laptop to campus at a number of colleges and universities around the country. It then offers concrete suggestions based on the experiences of several professors who either have taught, or are now teaching, laptoprequired courses. The paper concludes with a summary and a look toward the future. Carnegie Mellon is working on "'invisible halos" of computing surrounding participating student and faculty. The argument is that computers have become too much of a distraction and that future networks should be invisible and pervasive in which people and computers "interact through proxies and auras." [14] The Aura Project, financed by the Department of Defense, allows computer users to use voice commands to sort e-mail, display information on a wallsized video screen, or use a service based on wireless network management software to locate students who have a wireless handheld device or laptop turned-on.
doi:10.1145/792548.611942 fatcat:shlza4zmh5hidfntfaor6ienku