Op-ed: To ban or not to ban laptops

Do laptops improve the learning experience in the classroom, or are they just a distraction?

ban-laptops-classroomFor today’s college student, having a laptop is essentially considered to be a necessity. This is for good reason, too, as laptops are often the tools that facilitate the very innovations between technology and education that you can read about on our website week in and week out.

Speaking from personal experience, professors on every campus vary greatly in their opinions on whether or not laptops have a place in their classroom, with many even banning laptops completely after deciding the devices distract students too greatly from their teachings. Even students are often split on the issue.

As it stands, there are actually respectable arguments on both sides of the laptop banning debate, and both sides deserve to state their case. So, let’s break down the pros and the cons of whether or not laptops should be banned in college classrooms, and see if we can find a solution to the problem.

(Next page: Laptops: the good, the bad, and the ugly)