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Engineering Students Using Such Design Tools as SMART Boards Are More Successful
May 10, 2012
Classrooms have become smarter, thanks to the use of digital devices such as computers, SMART boards and other handheld devices. But are these technological advancements birthing a new and smarter generation of engineers? According to a University of Pittsburgh study, yes: Students using such tools are more successful than those who don't because the technologies promote better working memory and more flexible and transitional thinking.
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