Screen devices include laptops, tablets, phones, smartwatches, and other machines with screens. As a general policy in my courses, use of screen devices is not permitted during class time, unless otherwise stated. Exceptions may also be made for reasons of accessibility and disability.
The cause for this policy is the ample evidence that such devices hinder rather than aid in student learning.
- Susan Dynarski, “For Note Taking, Low-Tech is Often Best,” Useable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (August 21, 2017)
- Susan Dynarski, “Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.,” The New York Times (November 22, 2017)
- Reynol Junco, “In-class multitasking and academic performance,” Computers in Human Behavior 28, no. 6 (November 2012)
- “One Instructor's Approach to Digital Distraction,” Office of Information Technology, University of Colorado Boulder (April 2, 2018)
- Faria Sanaa, Tina Weston, and Nicholas J.Cepeda, “Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers,” Computers & Education 62 (March 2013)
- Cindi May, “Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom,” Scientific American (July 11, 2017)
- “The Digital Native Is a Myth,” Nature (July 25, 2017)