Students today: Portrait of a Digital Native

NJ educator Tom McHale has a lively piece about today’s HS students and how they are digital natives–tribal members of the always on/always connected generation. A snippet (the lede):
“Meredith Fear sits in her room doing her homework. Books are scattered about, and a computer monitor glows before her. She is working on two Word documents and has four Web sites open. She checks her school e-mail account, her Bloglines news aggregator, and Furls of an online article for her independent study. She quickly transitions from this to respond to group members on Instant Messenger who have attached PowerPoint slides for an upcoming class presentation.

“The computer gives me a contact to all the people I need to talk to,” Fear says. “It’s a gateway to the world.”

A good piece on kids and, well, devices.