The Do’s and Don’ts of Computers in College Classrooms

Laptops are especially useful when it comes to classroom learning. You can use them to access lecture material or for taking notes without using pen and paper. No matter how you use your laptop, there are some definite do’s and don’ts when bringing them into the classroom. Keep reading to learn about laptop etiquette while in a college classroom.

Do’s for Computer Classroom Usage

These do’s make laptop usage in the classroom much easier and cause less problems. Practice these three do’s for classroom success:

1. Do Check Your Laptop Setup
Before bringing your laptop into the classroom, you'll want to ensure you have all of the necessary software. Check with your university to determine if there are any special programs that you'll need to use. Otherwise, ensure your laptop is updated with:

  • Microsoft Office or another document processing suite
  • A reliable browser
  • Driver software
  • Adobe Reader
  • Antivirus software

Once your laptop is set up and ready to go, it’s time to hit the classroom!

2. Do Use a Note-Taking App
While you can always use Notepad or a Word document to host your notes, why not use a more streamlined application? In the world of apps, it's no surprise that there are plenty of apps meant specifically for note-taking. Evernote, OneNote, and Google Keep are three free options that allow you to take notes efficiently.

3. Do Use the Local Wi-Fi
Using your laptop successfully requires a fast and reliable internet connection. Be sure to connect to your university’s local Wi-Fi so that you can mitigate the risk of a dropped or slow internet connection.

Don’ts of Laptops in the Classroom

On the other hand, there are some things you don’t want to do when using your laptop in the classroom. Here are three don’ts to keep in mind:

1. Don’t Be a Distraction
While it may be tempting to sign on to social media and scroll through your newsfeed or to post a tweet … don’t. Not only will you be distracted from learning, but you’re also likely to distract other students around you. When in the classroom, avoid using social media and other non-related websites.

2. Don’t Turn on Sound
Sounds and noises can be interruptive. When using your laptop, be sure to mute all sounds to avoid disrupting the environment. If you must use audio, be sure to bring your headphones or earbuds with you so that you can listen without interfering with others around you.

3. Don’t Share Answers
This may seem like a given, but laptops and the internet allow for students to easily share information. While it’s acceptable to share notes and resource material, you never want to share answers or past graded assignments. This could result in plagiarism, which is a serious offense in upper education. Always ask your professor before sharing information with other students.

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