Marc Prensky has written a thought provoking article 'Turning on the lights'. He discusses the way children are surrounded by technology and information before they come to school only to find that teachers are not building on this knowledge and they are quickly becoming bored. He points to these children learning less in schools but that their after school activities are those that are preparing them for their 21st century lives.
In order that educators 'turn on the lights' he suggests:
- Give children the opportunity to use technology in school
- Find out how students want to be taught
- Connect students to the world
- Understand where kids are going - that is, into the future - and help them get there
This is well worth reading.