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By Katherine C.

Do you remember that time, maybe ten or fifteen years ago, when Facebook wasn’t in existence; Apple wasn’t everywhere, and when it came to computers all you knew were Jumpstart the Rabbit games? Technology has grown exponentially since then. Now one of society’s biggest concerns is whether or not people are texting while driving. The Internet and ways to access it has become so simple to the majority of the global population. The primary reason for media growth stems from the creation of the World Wide Web and all of the websites it offered its users. The Internet can be used for commercial purposes to help create traction through Pay Per Click to excel a specific trend. People can educate themselves on topics they find interesting, at their own convenience, 24 hours a day! The Internet has made applying to colleges, getting an education, finding a job or restaurant nearby, and connecting to your friends a stress-free and ever accessible resource for those who know how to access it.

Today, virtually every magazine, book, newspaper, and textbook has set-up their own website. People can create their own blogs and profiles on social networking sites to connect to the outside world. Although it is important to keep in mind that the Internet makes people very vulnerable to other effects for example, identity theft. Something to consider when you decide to hop on board the technological train is, personal information becomes very easy to access, by you and by others. For those who have not joined this revolution, you will be left behind a huge cultural advancement. This phenomenon is called the “digital divide” for the 1/3 gap of people who do not know how to use the Internet properly in their daily lives. The reasons are not that these people are uneducated but many live in less well-off nations, where one can only dream for computers, unaware even, of the wonders and wealth concerning the information offered on the Web. E-Learning Foundation claims, “a million children's exam results will be on average a grade lower than their peers this year because they do not have Internet access at home” (Boffey). The best solution to this is for the government to collaborate on how to conquer this digital divide that has become prevalent in the older generations of our society. Education World reports, “76 percent of low-income families say their children depend on schools for Internet access” (Starr). By evolving a new way in which younger people can attain access to the Internet will provide our new generation with increasingly more opportunities to educate themselves.

Teachers and cultures around the globe must learn to more properly establish grounds for implementing computers and the technology they offer into the education of our younger generations. Bill Gates comments on the benefits of Internet access and how it is an aid to provide for better education in our nation, “computers provide tools such as multi-user video chat, unlimited file space, and the way that cyberspace can be utilized to allow the student alternative means of demonstrating subject mastery haven’t been adopted in any serious fashion” (Lawrence). Bill Gates envisions a hybrid system where digital technology education is used for what it is naturally suited to. Examples may be, material distribution and non-real-time collaboration. In order to make the hybrid system effective aspects like tutoring and office hours, which require face-to-face interaction, take place in the physical and technological world.

If our institutions begin to implement more ways for the younger generation to education themselves in the media by utilizing technological tools like computer tablets instead of textbooks. The population will become more knowledgeable as a whole simply because the information is abundant and endless. The world is looking forward and technology will continue to expand before our eyes. The best solution to maintain an education in society today is by keeping up with the fast-paced lifestyle that we have created; the Internet.

Works Cited

Boffey, Daniel. "Children with Internet Access at Home Gain Exam Advantage, Charity Says." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 May 2011. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.

Lawrence, S. D. "Newsroom." Newsroom: Bill Gates. Online Learning, 29 June 2012. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.

Starr, Linda. "How Can Schools Make Better Use of the Internet?" Education World: How Can Schools Make Better Use of the Internet? Education World, 28 June 2000. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.