Computers make the learning process much simpler and more efficient, giving students access to tools and methods of communication unavailable offline. For example, students can check their grades or online lesson plans, and also communicate directly with their teachers via email or educational platforms such as Blackboard. Students can also send work to their teachers from home or anywhere else, letting them finish work outside of school hours and teaching them about procrastination and personal responsibility.
Technology has made research much easier than in the past. Decades ago, students learned history by going to the library and thumbing through history books and encyclopedias. Today, many of the same books are available in digital format and can be accessed online. As the Internet has grown, it also has potential research options. Students can explore topics in just a few minutes, rather than the hours it used to take.