Using Technology in the Classroom Wisely

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Many of you might have seen the articles about the new research showing that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop.

I know many of our law schools have been having this discussion – do we or do we not allow students to use laptops in the classroom. But I’d like to encourage us to expand the discussion from whether or not we allow students to use laptops to the discussion of how we better integrate emerging technology in our classrooms. Typing lecture notes on a laptop may be a poor substitute for taking notes by hand, but laptops aren’t just for note taking. They also have the potential to enhance student engagement and comprehension of material if used in a pedagogically sound way. And as the practice of law changes with advances in technology, it makes sense to integrate technology in our classroom when we can.

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Alyson Carrel