Heather LaMarre calls her students "the wired generation." The University of Minnesota professor sees that they don't listen to an iPod, talk on a cell phone or surf on a laptop -- they do all three at once. She reads articles about their numbness to technology and knows that if one e-mails her at 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday and she doesn't write back by 11:30, he'll freak out.
So she did something about it.
Last week's class assignment: Five days without media or gadgets that didn't exist before 1984.