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Education has been significantly transformed by the Internet. The Pew Internet & American Life Project examines how the rise of online communication has affected the way students are taught and academic research is conducted, as well as its use in school administration and other education-oriented functions. The project’s knowledge about educational issues and the Internet is gathered through public opinion polling, online surveys and other research methods.
Recent topics explored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project include college students’ Internet use; the so-called “digital disconnect” between Web-savvy students and their schools; and ways in which students use online resources to do their homework. The data are a useful tool for journalists, academic researchers, school administrators and other interested parties who want to know more about the ways that the Internet is used in education.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a Pew subsidiary based in Washington, D.C. For more information about how the Internet is being used by students and educators, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.
Jan 16, 2014 - The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
Nov 08, 2012 - A new Pew Research Center report finds over half of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones, compared with 6% of non-smartphone owners.
Nov 01, 2012 - Teachers participating in a Pew Internet study say the impact of today's digital environment on their students' research habits and skills is mostly positive, but not without drawbacks.
Jul 27, 2012 - The last report in this series by Pew Internet & American Life finds a majority of experts believe that university-level education will include more online courses and fewer in-person class meetings. Some are worried about the shift away from campus life.
Apr 24, 2008 - Report looks at teens’ basic definition of writing, explores the various kinds of writing they do, seeks their assessment about what impact e-communication has on their writing, and probes for their guidance about how writing instruction might be improved.
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Nov 20, 2006 - Report finds the Internet is used as a research tool by nearly 90% of adult Internet users and as a primary source for science news and information for 40 million Americans.
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