Laptops in the classroom

Posted 1 year 8 months ago
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A Washington Post article notes a West Point study that using laptops during class harms smart students even worse than others. But how does computing in class affect learning, the classroom dynamic, the professor's engagement? Anyone can get distracted by distracted people:

Now there is an answer, thanks to a big, new experiment from economists at West Point, who randomly banned computers from some sections of a popular economics course this past year at the military academy. One-third of the sections could use laptops or tablets to take notes during lecture; one-third could use...

Noted and Quoted, April 2016

Posted 1 year 9 months ago
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April was a big month for Franklin faculty, students and alumni in the media - though, in truth, we might say that most months. A sample of the covergae of meaningful research, opinions and engagement over the previous few weeks:

Surprising, vibrant reef discovered in the Muddy Amazon – National Geographic, Live Science, Atlas Obscura, International Business Times, Latin Post, Inquisitr, Irish Times articles quote marine sciences professor Patricia Yager, co-author on an article published in Science Advances. Articles also in TakePart, Los Angeles Times,,...

Noted and Quoted, March 2016

Posted 1 year 10 months ago

Franklin faculty expertise continues to gain influence in the media on a wide variety of crucial issues affecting American society and the world. A sample from the month of March:

The Washington Post files an editorial written by professors Marshall Shepherd and John Knox. The post is about “the unfortunate demise of the National Achievement Scholarship Program.”

U.S. News map: What going viral looked like 120 years ago. An interactive map, produced by University of Georgia’s eHistory initiative and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, uses the Library of Congress’ database...

Noted and Quoted, February 2016

Posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Inventive animations and a literary podcast top the list of media where Franklin College faculty were featured, noted and quoted during the month of February:

On a NewBlackMan (in Exile) podcast episode, Left of Black on the Root, Guest host and Duke Professor Tsitsi Ella Jaji interviews Ed Pavlić about his latest work, Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (Fordham University Press, 2015). Pavlić is a poet, author, and a Professor of English and Creative Writing.

TED-Ed Original lessons features a new animation, The...

Noted and Quoted, January 2016

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago
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The New Year is off to a great start with opinion by and reporting on the expertise of Franklin College faculty members and alumni. A sample:

The Paris climate agreement. Marshall Shepherd, director of UGA’s atmospheric sciences program, and a regular contributor to, reflects “on this global step towards good stewardship of the planet.” Shepherd also discussed the agreement Sunday during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation.

'Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno,' a new book of poetry by professor of creative writing and English Ed Pavlić, was reviewed by...