You can’t capture learning with a camera

Rhett Allain, an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University and a blogger for Wired, says he’s noticed students doing something new in his lectures lately: taking pictures, reports Annie Murphy Paul in a post on The Brilliant Blog. “You look up at the class and there they are. Students with their phones out. Either taking a picture of the question slide you just asked, or video recording the solution.” Allain says he doesn’t mind, but he wonders: “Why are they recording stuff (either with pictures or movies)? What is there to record? If they record the ‘answers’ to questions, I think they are missing the most important thing—the process…

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Laura Ascione

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