This reminds me of the Teachers using Facebook debate. Which I am against, because who wants a teacher calling your house every day? So why should you want a personal relationship with them on facebook?
As for using the internet in the class. I don't know, because it has been years since I have attended school.
However, in grade school, I was asked to leave the word processor alone, and go out for recess like all the other kids. I also played games on the computer when there was opportunity to do so.
Looking back at college, I really appreciated the lectures. They were the best thing about school except for the hands on. So... any time spent in school in a social environment should probably be spent doing social things. Jmo...
However, I can't imagine any teacher forbidding the use of the internet for research assignments.
From your article.
some educators are exploring the risks and benefits of open-book, group and even open-laptop exams.
Sure, and if they do that, then they would probably need to make the passing grade a steeper curve. I mean if you get the answer wrong and you are using the internet on an exam, perhaps it should reflect real life in the grading as well.
Glad I am not forking out 40,000 a year for that sort of education. I mean couldn't you just show up for the final exam instead of paying for the whole semester?
I could definitely see curriculum having exams/tests on topics which are highly shrouded in urban legendesque. Or tests that involve critical evaluation of world events. That sort of thing. But for any exams that involve memorizing rules, or common events, probably not. What would be the point of that?