Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers

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This article from the March 2013 journal of Computers in Education points to the negative effects on test results for those students in University who multitask with laptops in lectures:

Abstract: Laptops are commonplace in university classrooms. In light of cognitive psychology theory on costs associated with multitasking, we examined the effects of in-class laptop use on student learning in a simulated classroom. We found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and participants who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not. The results demonstrate that multitasking on a laptop poses a significant distraction to both users and fellow students and can be detrimental to comprehension of lecture content.

Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers Original Research Article
Computers & Education, Volume 62, March 2013, Pages 24-31
Faria Sana, Tina Weston, Nicholas J. Cepeda
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