Technology Has Changed the Way We Learn Essay

1188 Words Apr 15th, 2012 5 Pages
Every day, no matter where you look technology is surrounding you. Technology can be found in our homes, at work, and in the classroom. It has forever shaped the way we take in new information unknown to us. More recently, technology has most influenced the way we learn through the use of computers, portable smart devices, and the Internet.
The personal computer had become affordable and possible for the average American to own during the 1970's with the invention of the microprocessor. (Bellis, 2012) The microprocessor replaced giant warehouse sized computers that allowed for the components that make up a computer to be put into a single integrated circuit chip controlled through a program no bigger than the size of a dime. Since
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Google alone has an estimated 55 billion web pages that it links to through its search function. (de Kunder, 2012) This by default is a lot more pages than you would find in your typical library encyclopedia.
The Internet has also given birth to online scholastics through the use of modern computing and communication technologies; most commonly referred to as e-learning. (Neto & Brasileiro, 2007) There are hundreds of online universities and colleges that anyone can attend, and even more online high schools. These schools allow folks the opportunity to go to college without having to enter into the traditional classroom environment. This opportunity would otherwise not present itself due to work or other daily physical commitments for some folks. It is estimated that almost half of all college degrees will be earned online by the year 2014, while almost 90% of students will take at least one class online during their degree earning tenure. (O'Dell, 2011)
Electronic mail, or e-mail as it is most commonly referred to as, has shaped the way we learn as well. In the past if a student needed a paper proofread, he or she would have to go and physically seek out someone to assist him or her. With the invention of e-mail through the Internet one can simply shoot a quick e-mail off to hundreds of different people if they desire seeking input no matter how far away they are. With e-mail you can ask a relative a question about a

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