1Ls Less Distracted by Laptops Than Upperclassmen

Lauren McCormick:

Darlene Cardillo posted this on her Technology blog. I thought it may be of interest to everyone.

Originally posted on Instructional Technology at Albany Law School:

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Another interesting article from the National Law Journal:

Law school upperclassmen are far more likely than their first-year counterparts to spend classroom time checking Facebook, playing solitaire, scanning sports scores or otherwise goofing around on their laptop computers, according to recent research.

Classroom observers found that among the 2Ls and 3Ls equipped with laptops, 87 percent used the devices for non-academic purposes for more than five minutes per class; 58 percent were distracted by their computer screens at least half the time.

By contrast, a mere 4 percent of the 1Ls observed during a civil-procedure course were “strongly distracted” by their computers, and 44 percent were never distracted.

The findings come from St. John’s University School of Law professor Jeff Sovern’s article in the latest edition University of Louisville Law Review: “Law Student Laptop Use During Class For Non-Class Purposes: Temptation v. Incentives.”

But he wasn’t the first to look at how…

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2 Responses

  1. This year, I shared with our incoming 1Ls an article by Sam Jacobsen about the technology distractions students face. They appreciated learning how the distractions interfered with short- and long-term memory storage processes.

  2. Laptops and other devices can be extremely distracting in law school classes. The 87% figure is accurate.

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