On the first day of a face-to-face class, I read my syllabus aloud, which includes my policy regarding technology in the classroom. As if it were some kind of old-fashioned essay, the policy is titled “On Technology,” but it should be titled “Anti-Technology.” “During class time,” the policy begins, “every electronic device must be turned off.” We use the computer and projector at the front of the room, but the technology my students are allowed to use at their desks is pens and paper (fitting with the old-fashioned theme). Quills and inkwells would be more readily acceptable than anything invented...

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About the Author:

Brian Goedde

Brian Goedde is a Lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and, most recently, in the NEA journal Thought & Action.