I have sat in the back of the classrooms of accomplished, engaging, beloved law professors who routinely receive excellent student evaluations, and watched as 70% of their students turn unceremoniously away from their notes, instead perusing gmail, ESPN, and Zappos during class. Not for the whole class, and not during the portions of class where the professor is lecturing. Instead, laptop screens flip en masse at one, distinct moment: when the professor is engaging another student in socratic dialogue.
About The Author:Susannah Pollvogt writes and teaches in the area of equal protection law. Her scholarship can be found here. She maintains a separate blog related to her scholarship here. In addition, she specializes in helping students maximize their performance in law school and on the bar exam with her site Succeed Law.