To help formulate my thoughts regarding student use of laptop or notebook computers during class sessions, I asked my colleagues at Southern Oregon University to respond to a survey regarding their own ideas and policies. I reported on the results of this survey in an earlier post.
With their input and my own experience over the last few years in mind, I have tentatively concluded the following.
- Laptop or notebook computers can be very useful in taking, storing, sorting, finding, and printing notes taken by a student during class sessions. In addition to regular word-processing programs, a number of other applications have been designed to streamline note taking in class.