Of course, a lot of studies have touted the advantages of computer use in education. Even the US Secretary of State, Arne Duncan, predicted that, “by putting a keyboard in every student’s hands and replacing printed textbooks with digital ones…U.S. graduates [will] become formidable competitors against their digital-savvy counterparts from countries like South Korea.”
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Dear Lee, Wonderful information! One question: Were the people that were supposed to deal with these research papers that their employers wanted them to use, unable to read or just unable to understand? Recently on a call-in show they talked to a boy that was finishing grade nine. He couldn't write his name in cursive on a passport paper! In school they were using computers the majority of time. He said that 3-4 kids in his class could sign their names properly!
We use Google and Wikipedia as starting points to give us an idea about what to research and which books to check out of the library. I remember the old days of using a card catalog, checking out dozens of books and perusing them, and still not finding what I was after. Google and Wikipedia streamline that process considerably. I might accept a citation or quotation from a website that ends in .edu or .gov or a museum's website. But that's the extent of what I accept. We still check out dead tree books.