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There are 4 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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