Laptops in the Classroom – Pros and Cons

Audience: All
Technical Level: Hardhats required

Now that we have built out our infrastructure to support wide spread use of computers and wireless access to the network in the classrooms….should we turn it off?

Does the presence of laptops sometimes distract students (or the students in the next seat) from what the instructor is saying?

Is it up to the instructor to decide….or the institution?

This session may post more questions than it answers, but the discussion promises to be lively.

<>This just in from Prof. Paul Caron’s blog…The War Over Student Use of Laptops (includes video). (John Mayer)

MP3: LaughlinLR2Th400.mp3

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Greg Laughlin
Associate Dean
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Lisa Smith-Butler
Assistant Dean, Law Library & Technology Center & Assistant Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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