"There is something in the air, and it is nothing less than the digital artifacts of over one billion people and computers networked together collectively producing over 2,000 gigabytes of new information per second. While most of our classrooms were built under the assumption that information is scarce and hard to find, nearly the entire body of human knowledge now flows through and around these rooms in one form or another, ready to be accessed by laptops, cellphones, and iPods. Classrooms built to re-enforce the top-down authoritative knowledge of the teacher are now enveloped by a cloud of ubiquitous digital information where knowledge is made, not found, and authority is continuously negotiated through discussion and participation."
This comes from an article I read today by Michael Wesch, titled From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments.
An outstanding read, with very clear insights into what it means to have digitial access to virtually unlimited information, and how this challenges the traditional set-up and expectations of our current classrooms.