I suggest students bring their laptop to class. It is my hope that they will use it for class related purposes:
- Taking notes
- Working accounting problems on spreadsheets
- Looking up information
In my Social Media, Blogging and Business class, all 22 students bring a computer to class, every day. So do I. I intend for students to use it for class related purposes. They don’t. The tell-tale signs?
- Students tippy tapping away during class discussions
- Someone laughing out loud while gaze is fixed on laptop screen
- Lack of engagement with me
- Admitting to spending 45% of class on non-class related computer use (yes, I asked them).
Have you seen this Doonsbury cartoon?
Students don’t use e-mail these days. It is too slow, too boring and not social enough. All my students are on Facebook. Communication via Facebook is extremely satisfying. Don’t know for sure, though, because students won’t friend me. Perhaps they are afraid I’ll be able to check up on their in-class discussions (I wouldn’t).
I’ve been hypothesizing that this Facebook activity is all status updates, replies and chat. Perhaps not. There are other things to be accomplished via Facebook, as the following videos attest. There is love, and there is poke. Sometimes there is love and poke.
First, about love. Tyler Ward sings “Facebook Lover.”
Meghean Warren & Jessica Campbell have a different “Facebook Lover.”
Now for poke. What is poke, and what is poke for? The poker sends a poke to a pokee, indicating that the pokee is being thought of. What is the pokee to think? Presumably that it is an act of affection. But not always. Facebook users now have poke wars.
Did you know a Facebook poke can send you to jail?
I’m too old school. I use my finger poker for a different reason:
How do you use your laptop during class? Leave a comment and let me know.
– – David Albrecht