Not allowing computers doesn't make much sense to me. I mean, at least give the option. If I wanted to take handwritten notes in a class where laptops were allowed, I could. But, at least give us ADULTS the option.
No, its more that it would distract me as the professor. Also, I would be convinced people were ignoring me by being on espn.com/iChat. I have a few pet peeves that put me in an incredibly tyrannical mood and one of them is being ignored. It would prob be best for the class as a whole that I stay in good humor, so no computers.
So what if a student is ignoring the professor by being on espn.com/iChat? We are spending $44,000 a year to go here. We are not being paid. If we want to waste it by surfing espn.com in class, then so be it. Our grades will reflect our poor choices. As long as we are not disrupting anyone else, I fail to see the problem.
I find it somewhat bemusing that we have all been admitted to a school that obviously requires some modicum of intelligence, maturity, and responsibility, yet we are being babied and protected from ourselves (reducing our computer budget so we don't spend on stuff we don't need, no laptops in certain classes).
1) enliven and broaden classroom discussion by keeping everyone more involved in what's going
I don't know about everyone else, but I know I'll be a lot less involved in what's going on since I'll be trying to keep up with taking notes by hand, rather than typing notes out quickly (I type 120+ wpm) and then returning focus to the discussion.