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Professor Banishes Laptops to Engage Students

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Professor Banishes Laptops to Engage Students

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Professor David Cole says laptops are more of a distraction than an aid in the classroom. Students use them to take notes more quickly, but they end up chatting with their friends on AIM and shopping for clothes on the Internet. So, he has banned laptops from his classroom; and, as a result, he's observed a noticeable difference in students' engagement in class discussion.

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