Law Professor Bans Laptops in Class

From this article… a professor has banned the use of laptops in her class. The article says “Professor June Entman says her main concern is that
students are so busy keyboarding they can’t think and analyze what
she’s telling them.”

Wow. Just wow. I have a question… those students are TAKING NOTES. But using a laptop to do the note-taking.

How in the world is typing one’s notes somehow different from using pen and paper to take notes? Is there really a difference, other than laptops might be a bit more noisy?

Compared to what her students just might be doing in the “real world” (as in, using a laptop to take notes, write reports on the go, etc, etc), I’d think the professor would welcome the use of laptops.

But that’s just me.

CIL2006, Day 3: Gary Price – Best of Resource Shelf

Most important – why do we need to know all this stuff Gary talked about? Well – we’re the information go-to… we know our collections. We also need to learn online resources, so when people come asking about the web, we can be ready with a good anser, resources to point them to, etc. – cams of traffic in DC and NYC

in2tv from AOL – free old TV shows. This is cool… – what’s coming up on public radio – even opens up the live stream.

search engine ordering – a firefox plugin – will it work with an opac? Hmm…

newspaperarchive – free pdf of newspapers

zohowriter – wame as writely – a web-based Word-like application – free SEC alert service

exalead has proximity searching – 16 words in either direction

rollyo runs on top of the yahoo database, does customized searches

online books page – lots of onlien books, with rss – still useful. prebuilt pages for companies and zip codes.

Diplomacy Monitor – primary documents and press releases from world governments

wikiwax, – word mapping

Gooba – upload and host video content


CIL2006, Day 3: Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie spoke about younger people… here’s what he had to say:

Younger users: they made a recent TIme Magazine cover – “Are Kids too Wired for their Own Good?”

8 Realities of Millenials:

  1. Distinct age cohort: they are not like gen x or baby boomers. They will be a larger generation than the baby boomer generation, and will be more ethnically diverse. They are the generation of No CHild Left Behind, play days, metal detectors at schools, filters, and bike helmets.They are team-oriented and conventional. They are very tech-embracing.
  2. Immersed in the reality of gadgets. They favor the gadget of the moment – if they have a cell phone with them, then that’s the gadget they want information to be delivered on. If they’re at home, then their computer works just fine. If they want to immerse themselves in a subject, then books are great.
  3. Mobile. Lee talked alot about smart mobs, texting, and cell phone use. Media – tivo and ipods. schedules are no longer being formed around a media event (like for a TV show).
  4. Internet plays a special role in their world. 33% of online teens share their creations online! 22% have their own webpage, 19% have a blog. 19% remix content into their own creations.
  5. Multi-taskers. continuous partial attention. Librarians are “information support” – only useful when needed.
  6. Unaware of consequences related to technology. The whole download/copyright/personal privacy thing. [me here – no duh! they’re still kids. I think this will change as this generation matures]
  7. Their tech world will change radically in the next decade. [me here: listen up – ours will, too!]. We’re in the middle of a J cuve (which is much steeper than an S curve). Computing power doubles every 18 months; communication power doubles every 9 months; storage doubles every 12 months. RFID stuff, the Long Tail.
  8. The way they approach learning and research will be shaped by their new tech world.

Lee siad the new world is “complcated, scary, and exciting.”


Audio Content at Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Update from comments: someone asked what a p-slip was. Here’s a definition (from “A plain piece of paper the size of a catalog card, sometimes with punched hole for use in a catalog drawer.” It’s the little piece of paper by the library computer that you can write a call number on… often, it was an old catalog card. Not sure what the “P” stands for, though.

Aaron at walking paper just posted about adding teen audio reviews on his library’s website. That SO rocks! Teens will listen – if for no other reason than someone’s friend says “hey, you can hear my voice at the library’s website… cool!”

I really think audio content should be included on a library’s website – it just makes sense. Why just type, when one can click and hear something? Especially for, say, introducing new music. With books, you can include a few choice quotes. But with music, why not take a 10-second sample of a CD and drop it online with a review of the CD (and with some teen audio reviewers, too, in Aaron’s case)?

Very cool.

Also – Aaron mentioned in passing that he’s refusing to use the silly term YA/Young Adult for teens. Another good thing. Now if we can just get rid of other terms, like “Audio Visual,” “pathfinder,” and “p-slips.”