The Revolution Will Be Digitized

“Technology is making today’s kids the most demanding and challenging students in history,” writes Don Tapscott on the Milken Family Foundation website. Surfing the web, young people “are not viewers; they are users and they are active.” By giving kids “the tools to question, challenge, and disagree,” technology is morphing them into “a generation of critical thinkers.” It is also, little by little, revolutionizing education, shifting the learning experience from teacher-centered to learner-centered. One study, comparing a traditional classroom to one taught virtually, found that those in the web-based class performed higher on their exams, felt more interested in the class, and said they understood the material better.