(Quoted from Educational Leadership, vol. 63 no.4, Listen to the
Natives, by Marc Prensky)
"Our young people generally have a much better idea of what the
future is bringing than we do. They're already busy adopting new
systems for communicating (instant messaging), sharing (blogs), buying
and selling (eBay), exchanging (peer-to-peer technology),
creating (Flash), meeting (3D worlds), collecting (downloads),
coordinating (wikis), evaluating (reputation systems), searching
(Google), analyzing (SETI), reporting (camera phones), programming (moodding),
socializing (chat rooms), and even learning (Web surfing)....
We need to help all our students take advantage of these new tools
and systems to educate themselves....
Digital tools are like extensions of students' brains.....
Students could quite feasibly invent technological solutions to
streamline homework submission and correction, freeing up teachers for
more meaningful work. Encouraged to share their expertise,
students can be a teacher's best resource for suggesting better access
to technology, defining the kinds of technology that teachers should
be using in the classroom, and showing teachers how they can use
specific hardware and software tools to teach more effectively.".....
( A very informative article, contact me if you are interested in reading the magazine)