The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 25th, 2014
Although I had taught for more than 20
years, I didn’t realize that I had forgotten what it was like to teach
in a classroom without cellphones until I came up with a plan to relive
those halcyon days. It was near the end of the semester, and I offered
one point of extra credit per class period for my psychology students
who turned off their cellphones before class and put them on the front
I was sure that no students would part with their phones for such a
meager offering. Wrong: Virtually all my students did. They even said
they loved the idea, so the next semester I offered all my classes the
same deal for the entire semester, and participation continued unabated.
In fact, much to my surprise, after the first few days, when I walked
into my classes all the cellphones were already on the table in the
front of the room.