Laptops in the classroom seem so visually appealing. It seems to express some magical bond between technology and learn. But the more I see of that, the more bothersome it has become to me when I’m photographing student life on a campus. As I work a classroom I notice more students tending their Facebook pages than taking notes. An article in Slate Magazine’s Big Money takes a look at this. The conclusions are interesting.
Class change is a natural for photographing campus life. Now however, it seems to be a requirement that cell phones come out as soon as students exit their classes. It has become increasingly more difficult to capture those momentary connections that the class change offer.
One school that has taken on the cell phone issue is Sewanee: University of the South. Students there have taken it upon themselves to put limits on using cell phones while walking across campus. Students politely remind them of their offense by saying “YSR” (Yea Sewanee’s Right). As a result, students remain engaged with each other between classes.