Introduction to Thinking with Technology

students in a computer lab

The number-one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.

—Steve Ballmer, American businessman and former CEO of the Microsoft Corporation

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify technology tools that enhance learning and the importance of technology in the student experience
  • Explain how technology skills relate to critical/creative thinking skills
  • Examine online learning in the context of organizing, communicating, reading, and researching online


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