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Re: [Phys-L] query: digital lab notebooks

On 2014, Jul 25, , at 15:02, John Denker <> wrote:

Drawing tools such as inkscape are not particularly hard to
use, but learning the tool does take an investment of time,
and time is always in short supply. OTOH it's an excellent
investment in the long run.

There's a related problem that is often underappreciated:
With a digital document (text and/or graphics) there is
always the temptation to fiddle with it, to make it ultra-
perfect. This can become a horrific time-sink. Students
need to discipline themselves to stay out of this trap.

These are two of my points re. a step(s) backwards.

Here's another thing to worry about: You probably should
not assume that every HS student has a computer at home.
With pen-and-ink books, everybody was equally able to
work at home. I'm not sure it is a good idea to impose
a penalty on students who don't own a computer.

Of course the elites schools expect all to have computers or they’re included in the tuition.