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Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Embracing Students’ Digital Devices

Mick Charney Associate Professor, Architecture - Kansas State University

If you are a seasoned teacher, you have likely noticed that times have certainly changed…or have they?

In the Shakespearean play of the same name, Hamlet says, “Yea, from the table of my memory | I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, | All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, | That youth and observation copied there . . . .” A couple lines later, when wondering how his uncle Claudius, murderer of his father, could walk around with a smile on his face, Hamlet repeats the reference to tables (think “tablets”) when he exclaims, “My tables—meet it is set down |That one may smile and smile and be a villain.” At this point, Shakespeare inserts the oft overlooked stage directions: “[He writes].” In faithful interpretations of the script,