New research shows that taking notes by hand instead of by computer greatly increases retention of concepts.
The picture above is basically what my undergraduate classes looked like. Oh, well. At least they’re using Macs.
I was at Indiana State right when they started having WiFi everywhere, and laptops were becoming more common. I had a couple of profs who did not want me to use my laptop in class—and I was usually the only one who tried.
By the time I went back for graduate classes in 2008-2012, the university was giving laptops as scholarships so the whole school was 1:1. Still, the graduate classes—who were comprised of mostly older students—lacked in computer use. I still found profs who were resistant to computers in the class, and for the most part, people listened.
What I noticed, however, was in the classes which were more discussion based and included everyone, versus classes that were lecture based, no one used their laptops. They were to busy, ya know, talking to each other.