This is our wake-up call! Our students are no longer just consumers of information, but active creators as well. Take a look at MySpace, YouTube, Blogger, Wikipedia, and iTunes Podcasts, to name a few. A few weeks ago, my family and I were sitting in a restaurant having dinner. During the conversation, my older son kept looking at his cell phone. He'd hit a few keys and then return to our conversation. I finally said to him, "Do you have to text message your friends while we are in a restaurant?" and this is what he said to me, "Mom, do I have to hide it from you just like I do my teachers at school?"
From Time Magazine:
America loves its solitary geniuses—its Einsteins, its Edisons, its Jobses—but those lonely dreamers may have to learn to play with others. Car companies are running open design contests. Reuters is carrying blog postings alongside its regular news feed. Microsoft is working overtime to fend off user-created Linux. We're looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it's just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.
And what did I respond to my son? I said, "huh!" And we continued on with our single layer conversation, as he continued on talking to us and 4 of his friends. Hey, we didn't even have to buy them dinner! Not a bad deal.