Image via Wikipedia
Everyone knows that the Internet is a powerful tool. You can use it to work from home, find information, socialize with others, shop and more. When it comes to the act of learning, the Internet is unmatched in many respects.
The Replacement of Books
It used to be that if you wanted to read about a topic, you visited the library or the bookstore. Now you have instant access to information. Even more importantly, the information is organized using search engines and credible websites that instantaneously lead you to exactly what you need. You no longer have to flip through the index of a book or a card catalog at the library. Finding the right book takes time and money. The information you find on the Internet is often free and doesn’t take up space on a bookshelf as does a book.
Online Learning Tools
With technological advancement also come software systems that assess knowledge and provide performance reports. You can take courses online that allow you to take tests and gauge your learning as you go along. Earning a degree online is often an efficient way to achieve academic goals, particularly if you must work and/or take care of children.
Learning Through Social Networking
The social networking aspect of the Internet is also a powerful learning tool. When you want information or an opinion, you can often have it instantly by posting a question on a social networking site or in an Internet forum. Once many comments and opinions are expressed in answer to your inquiry, you can form your own educated conclusions about a topic.