Professors asking students not to bring laptops to class

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 — 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.

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