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Professor Cara Finnegan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) shares her policy on texting or using computers to email or surf during class as well as her reasons for this.
August 15, 2008 in Advice for Teachers, Classroom Management, Difficult Students, Teaching tools, Tips for Teaching | Permalink
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Thanks for sharing Cara's policy. I contacted her and asked for permission to re-post her policy on my site . . . she agreed. Turns out she and I teach similar classes at different universities. Small world!
Barbara Nixon |
August 15, 2008 at 03:54 PM
I like her use of the term "divided attention". Her explanation is a bit long, so I'll work on a condensed version, based on her last section: "If you aren’t using it to perform a task specifically related to what we are doing in class at that very moment, put it away."
August 17, 2008 at 01:45 AM
Bill, Condensed would be better as our students have a short attention span! Would you be willing to share your version?
Delaney Kirk |
August 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM
Barbara, I have found out that academia is a very small world!
Delaney Kirk |
August 17, 2008 at 01:00 PM
I'll post my condensed version to my blog at http://billso.com this week... I agree that shorter is better. That gives students less opportunity to negotiate or waffle.
August 17, 2008 at 03:34 PM
These kind of controls seems to be pretty unnecessary don't you think ? our students needs more freedom to work.
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