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Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner — THE Journal

Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG’d vocabularies. According the Pew Research Center, the combination of widespread access to broadband Internet connectivity, the popularity of social networking, and the near ubiquity of mobile computing is producing a fundamentally new kind of learner, one that is self-directed, better equipped to capture information, more reliant on feedback from peers, more inclined to collaborate, and more oriented toward being their own “nodes of production.”

Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner — THE Journal.

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