Today's Miami Herald runs an article, Wireless web treads fine line on campus (reg. req.), discussing the increased use of wireless computers at UM Law. The reporter who interviewed and quoted me seemed primarily interested in whether students are using the new tools to goof off in class, although that isn't the most interesting thing about wireless. But that's what the bulk of the article is about.
I actually think my students are taking notes on those things, but maybe I'm naive…
[UPDATE: Below I've added the stuff the Herald quoted me as saying for the benefit of those put off by the Herald's registration requirement.]
“That stuff is really self-correcting. If they want to dig themselves a hole and jump into it … our students are adults,” said Michael Froomkin, who teaches an Internet Law class at UM. “They can make their choices and live with the consequences.”
Froomkin said he has heard a lot of talk about Web surfing in class, but believes the problem is exaggerated. He is far more annoyed when cell phones ring and disturb the entire class.
“Daydreaming in class is as old as classes. People, when they're writing, you don't know if they're writing notes or writing the great American novel or writing a letter home. And it's the same thing with the laptop,” he said. “You don't know if they're taking notes or sending instant messages about your bow tie across the room.”