In education circles, you'll hear emphasized that today's students are digital natives. Having grown up with computers and the Internet, they are drastically different from the previous generation and hence require a new curriculum.

While the curriculum delivery should change to adapt to new technology, the content shouldn't change drastically unless we have data indicating that we should. To put this in perspective, when we look at the history of technology, were Digital Natives that different, then our parents would have been TV Natives, and our grandparents Typewriter Natives.

From a technology perspective, educating students about how to use connectivity effectively remains a concern. We blew this when it came to typewriters (only secretaries need to know how to type) and TV (ever heard of a high school course 'Using TV Effectively'? we found out later that availability changes consumption patterns more than expected). Unfortunately, we can probably expect to blow it again.

We know that children act more like herds than adults; what impact does this have for online social networks? We know that focus on a task allows us to use our brains effectively; how do we teach this skill when consumer-grade computing remains multi-tasking oriented? We have many questions that we need to answer, lest we fail our children yet again.