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The Importance of Technology to 21st Century Learners

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Throughout history technology has been the driving force of change. From movable type, to television, to the Internet, technology has been embraced and incorporated into our daily lives. Within the constructs of civilized society, the vast rewards of technological innovations have far outweighed the negatives. The digital revolution has altered conceptions of time and distance. It has created a wealth of information that is available at the stroke of a key. Not since the invention of the printing press has the distribution and consumption of information been so democratized. The rapidly changing technological landscape has put students and teachers in the cross-hairs. Can students be positively impacted by this digital revolution? Has the wave of technology that has swept through in recent years improved teaching and learning in the classroom? Utilizing various research tools such as Boise State University's Albertsons Library database, Google Scholar, and other online tools to access peer-reviewed journals, this paper will demonstrate that technology in the classroom results in increased student performance. great intro, Evan. -Barbara Schroeder 5/6/10 7:51 AM

Technology in the Classroom

Technology already plays a huge role in the lives of students. Present day high school students have grown up with computers and the Internet being as ubiquitous as televisions and radios to the previous generation (Bennett, Maton, & Kervin, 2008). Students rely heavily on electronic and digital communications such as email, texting, and mobile phones (Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010). Technology has gottenget in the habit of not using this word a lot when writing scholarly paper. Use "become" for instance, in this s...

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