Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Did you see this letter in the paper?
Yeah. But I don't think it's a good idea.
'Cause I think students would pay even less attention to the professor, not more. I think they'd be too much of a distraction.
Well, maybe some students would actually use laptops to take notes-
OK, you would... But a lot of people... most people... would be too busy playing around with them instead.
You know, surfing the Internet, e-mailing friends, playing computer games, that kind of stuff.
Huh. So you really think they'd pay less attention?
Yeah, really, I think that's what'd happen.
Alright, but what about her second point?
Don't you think if students had 'em in class, professors would be able to use the Internet as a teaching tool?
The problem with that is not everyone has a laptop computer-only some people have one.
So you see, not everyone would be able to follow along.
It wouldn't be useful as a teaching tool if only some students could follow along but not others.
I see what you mean.