Originally Posted by mrchapel
I see this in every one of my university classes. I think in some respect, computers promote laziness in the sense that students are less inclined to actually open a book or see how something works because they can just find pictures on the internet. On the flip side, those who ARE inclined to do so, then the computer is a very powerful tool that can maximize their capabilities. Computers are very useful -- but they can also be a distraction from traditional, lectured learning, which, I feel, still has its merits.
I completely agree. I basically told them, if I'm going to put forth the effort to research and put the content in front of you and walk you through it, then you should pay attention to it -at least for the class time you signed up for.
Its interesting though, even with the new technology -a fair amount of the students still like it "low -tech"; pen and paper and lecture from the podium. As a professor, its hard for me to compete with the latest gadget, but the students still like it that there is an actual person there that cares about the subject and gives them personal attention.