College Professor Makes his Point Clear: No Laptops Allowed in Class

In order to emphasize the point that no laptops were allowed into his class, Kieran Mullen, a physics professor from the University of Oklahoma, dipped a portable in liquid nitrogen right before smashing it on the floor.

If any of you have similar crazy anecdotes about some of your past or present professors, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

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24 Responses to College Professor Makes his Point Clear: No Laptops Allowed in Class

  1. I know I know – the disclaimer says that the laptop wasn’t a students and it was a broken laptop. But this prof is a dick. I can’t imagine someone in 2010 telling students they can’t use technology in the classroom (taking notes? Hmmm?).

    Kinda reminds me back in ’87 when I had a prof who said flat out he’d flunk anyone who turned in a report that was written on a computer. Those were back in the dot-matrix days of printouts, so it was easy to tell. From his perspective, it was “cheating” because of the spell checker…..

    • You don’t have to imagine it, because that’s what really happens. My college professors–most of them–even recognize how stupid that is, but it’s the college policy.

  2. I think in history, english, etc. classes, banning laptops would be a little rediculous, but in a class like physics where it’s pretty common to have to draw diagrams and geometry by hand anyway, it’s not that big of a deal.

    • @London — “…have to draw diagrams and geometry by hand…” — We’ve had computers with graphics capabilities for more than 30 years now and it’s still faster to draw by hand. What’s wrong with us?

  3. I prefer a classroom without laptops. Since wireless connectivity was introduced to my university, I can not remember one single time where an individual with a laptop parked themselves in front of me and actually just took notes. They always, and I mean always, were facebooking, instant messaging, and playing games. It’s very distracting when someone in front of you is managing a colourful window-storm.

  4. I know I know – the disclaimer says that the laptop wasn't a students and it was a broken laptop. But this prof is a dick. I can't imagine someone in 2010 telling students they can't use technology in the classroom (taking notes? Hmmm?).

    Kinda reminds me back in '87 when I had a prof who said flat out he'd flunk anyone who turned in a report that was written on a computer. Those were back in the dot-matrix days of printouts, so it was easy to tell. From his perspective, it was "cheating" because of the spell checker…..

    • You don't have to imagine it, because that's what really happens. My college professors–most of them–even recognize how stupid that is, but it's the college policy.

  5. I think in history, english, etc. classes, banning laptops would be a little rediculous, but in a class like physics where it's pretty common to have to draw diagrams and geometry by hand anyway, it's not that big of a deal.

    • @London — "…have to draw diagrams and geometry by hand…" — We've had computers with graphics capabilities for more than 30 years now and it's still faster to draw by hand. What's wrong with us?

  6. Let him try that in the CS department, they’d eat him alive.
    But I agree that it’s very distracting when someone is using his laptop in front of you for something other than taking notes.

  7. I prefer a classroom without laptops. Since wireless connectivity was introduced to my university, I can not remember one single time where an individual with a laptop parked themselves in front of me and actually just took notes. They always, and I mean always, were facebooking, instant messaging, and playing games. It's very distracting when someone in front of you is managing a colourful window-storm.

  8. Let him try that in the CS department, they'd eat him alive.

    But I agree that it's very distracting when someone is using his laptop in front of you for something other than taking notes.

  9. Yes. I totally agree with him. Take notes on a pad, don’t bring in a beeping, lights flashing, fans whirring distraction. You’re there to learn, not play with your toys.

  10. I had a prof answer someones phone, who obviously forgot to turn it off before the lecture) and have a short conversation with the person on the other end asking if it was an emergency and such. They concluded with “________, your boyfriend, is currently busy and you can reach him after my class has ended in two hours. When you do speak to him, please remind him to turn off his phone during class, as it is rude to the rest of the class and to myself.” Then he pocketed the cell after turning it off and told the student to get it after class, along with a formal written apology to both the prof and the class. Believe me no one forgot to turn their cell off after that.

  11. Also, I have had classes with many people taking notes on heir laptop, and classes where people played solitare. You can tell who is taking notes and who’s not without even looking at the screen. The glazed expression tells all. By all means take notes on your laptop, but don’t distract your fellow students who paid, usually, a lot of money to be there. I agree that O. Chem is easier with just a pen and paper then with a computer program- you have to draw it on the exam, might as well get used to it!

  12. I had a prof answer someones phone, who obviously forgot to turn it off before the lecture) and have a short conversation with the person on the other end asking if it was an emergency and such. They concluded with "________, your boyfriend, is currently busy and you can reach him after my class has ended in two hours. When you do speak to him, please remind him to turn off his phone during class, as it is rude to the rest of the class and to myself." Then he pocketed the cell after turning it off and told the student to get it after class, along with a formal written apology to both the prof and the class. Believe me no one forgot to turn their cell off after that.

  13. Also, I have had classes with many people taking notes on heir laptop, and classes where people played solitare. You can tell who is taking notes and who's not without even looking at the screen. The glazed expression tells all. By all means take notes on your laptop, but don't distract your fellow students who paid, usually, a lot of money to be there. I agree that O. Chem is easier with just a pen and paper then with a computer program- you have to draw it on the exam, might as well get used to it!

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