The Reboot Foundation was started—and funded—by Helen Bouygues , whose background is in business, to explore the role of technology in developing critical thinking skills. As for the NAEP? The results varied widely, depending on the grade level, test, and type of technology used. For instance, students who used computers to do research for reading projects tended to score higher on the reading portion of the NAEP.
And, the question begs, why should they? After all, a simple Google or Facebook search gives employees quick answers to all their questions and ready-made opinions for any political conundrum. And certainly millennials, who are the largest generation in the American workforce , have no issue adapting to new technology and teaching the older generations to use new gadgets that can improve the way they work. However, in a digital-first world, where millennials obtain all their answers to problems at the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger, the reliance on technology to solve every question confuses people's perception of their own knowledge and intelligence.
Stuart Wolpert January 27, As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to research by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children's Digital Media Center, Los Angeles. Learners have changed as a result of their exposure to technology, says Greenfield, who analyzed more than 50 studies on learning and technology, including research on multi-tasking and the use of computers, the Internet and video games.
Why is critical thinking important? The decisions that you make affect your quality of life. That can be done with a simple thing known as critical thinking.