The Khan Academy website now has over 2,000 videos to help teach any subject ranging from history to physics.
But students aren’t the only group who can benefit from additional technology skills.
Microsoft has created a program called Partners in Learning, which trains teachers to effectively use technology for teaching—not for the sake of technology.
“Technology develops a classroom across countries and borders. Teachers are able to connect with other teachers and get kids to learn from each other,” Badshah says. “History, geography, cultural classes—technology is now bringing the classroom global.”
Although the internet has been able to help millennials in their schooling, it has also become a way for the age group to waste time on websites, such as Facebook or Tumblr.
A study on “The internet as a diversion and destination” by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 53 percent of people from the age of 18 to 29 go online to pass time every day. Additionally, 81 percent of the same age group admits to occasionally going online to kill time.
For some, the constant internet connection has hurt social skills.
Ian Watson, a senior at Temple University, recalled a girlfriend who would just sit on her computer talking to others when he visited.
“I know some people who are on the computer all the time, and they only interact with it,” he says.
While young people feel right at home with high-tech devices, it doesn’t mean they know how they work or how they can use them to improve their prospects.