From the Houston Chronicle:
A silent college classroom is rare.
The lecturer pauses for a sip of water. Students aren’t talking. And no one’s cell phone is vibrating, trilling or playing the latest Billboard-chart favorite.
Yet, the faint clatter of typing rises from at least one set of fingers â€” an ever-present sign that today’s students would rather come to class with laptops than with a pen and paper. After all, it’s awfully hard to check your e-mail, surf the Web or chat with friends using a spiral notebook.
But a growing number of professors, including some at Seattle’s three universities, are asking students to leave the laptops in their bags or at home.