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    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times, where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and was the New England bureau chief. The Times nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its landmark 2002 ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. She began her career as a reporter at the Miami Herald and also worked at the Washington Post. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in American Studies. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Ban or Embrace: Professors Share Strategies for Cell Phones in Class

  1. It is honestly frustrating when professors don’t allow us to use our laptops. Some of us primarily take notes on our devices. I type way faster than I write and I don’t have to struggle to decipher my awful handwriting when I am going back through notes later. This is not high school — I shouldn’t be told how I must take my notes.

  2. No one mentioned the value of eye contact as a reason for not using devices. Students’ faces signal comprehension or confusion, interest or boredom. The instructor can respond to these signals right then and there.

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