Results from a Pew Internet Survey have been released this week about how teens do research, and the impact of technology on their studies. The research surveyed Advanced Placement (AP) teachers, teachers who had participated in the National Writing Project’s Summer Institute (NWP), as well as teachers at a College Board school in the Northeast U.S.
The results were very interesting as although many teachers said that internet and digital search tools have had a ‘mostly positive’ impact on their students’ research work, they also believe that these tools are creating an ‘easily distracted generation with short attention spans’.
Some key points:
The internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up:
What do you think? Are your students more easily distracted now more than before? Comments below!
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.