Professor Bainbridge has an interesting post up about how profs should manage classroom misbehavior in a college setting.
I remember one philosophy prof of mine flinging an eraser at a frat boy when he popped open a copy of the newspaper (ca. 1983). And I remember another philosophy prof demanding that all the guys in class remove their caps.
I started teaching undergrad English in 1987, long before laptops and wireless internet access became university entitlements. The daily campus newspaper often made an appearance on desktops (the non-cyber kind), but my classes were always heavy on reading and discussion. Also, I was rather free and eager in calling on students to answer questions.
During summer sessions at U.D., facebooking, etc. became a problem, so I started calling on the miscreants to read aloud and explicate passages from the assigned readings. After being called on for the third time in a row, the offenders usually got the point and stopped the nonsense.
Any war stories from profs/students on bad classroom behavior?