I am a professor and have recognized the distraction of having students in class with laptops (connected to the internet). It is somewhat disconcerting for all when I am discussing with my class the diagnostics of a Piel verb and a student is scrolling down his Facebook page. Is this a distraction for the teacher AND other students? One prof reported that, “Ninety-five percent [of students] admitted that they had used their laptops for ‘purposes other than taking notes.'” If this is true, (for those few students who are reading this blog), should laptops be banned from the classroom or as one university has done: have the ability to shut down internet access in the classroom when it is not needed? See this Washington Post online article that deals with this issue and let me know what you think.