I just stumbled across an interesting photo originally posted on Gizmodo. Their title was ‘Are Computers Ruining Education?’ which of course catches the eye but it’s really not the story. While there may be an influx of computer in classrooms these days … it’s nothing new. There are countless 1:1 classrooms now. It’s all in how those computers are used.
The above photo was taken by a medical school student and it’s obviously a med school class (note the x-rays on the screen in the front of class). But are students all paying attention? It appears that most are using the same type of program and it’s likely one dedicated to their school or class. The picture, to me, is not controversial because students are all looking at different things.
The picture is more interesting to me because of the sheer volume of computers in the classroom. Most graduate schools require or demand a laptop or tablet these days so it’s not very surprising to hear that this is a med school. But my real question is: is this now a typical classroom? Do all students NEED laptops? Do all grad students NEED laptops? What would the view from the front of the classroom (from the teacher’s perspective) look like? A lot less distracting perhaps?
What do you think? Are there too many laptops in classrooms? Are we effectively leveraging the power of them to ensure a high-quality education is had by all?