My evolving policy on the use of portable electronic devices in the classroom

Use of Portable Electronic Devices
Apart from special permission from the instructor, the use of portable electronic devices (e.g., laptops, phones, etc.) will not be allowed during class. The instructor will consider granting special permission only to students who write a convincing, well-researched 750-word essay arguing that the instructor should make an exception despite research that demonstrates the drawbacks (both for the individual student and for his or her classmates) of using such technology in the classroom. The essay, which must be submitted by Tuesday, March 24, must engage and properly cite relevant research on the costs and benefits of using portable electronic devices in class. In the case that special permission is granted, any portable electronic device may only be used for class purposes. Violations of this policy will seriously jeopardize your class participation mark.

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