I recently attended a conference where I came across a scary thought: many of the children of today turn off and disconnect...literally... when they go to school. I am of course referring to communication with the outside world through mobile technology. For me this suggests disparity between the worlds on either side of the school's main entrance. Today children don't email. It's too slow. They tweet through their smartphones and other devices. It's immediate. Children network (not that I wholeheartedly think this is a good thing, indeed it can be very dangerous). Many primary school aged children have facebook accounts for example. Of these, a huge number are not aware of the security and safety settings that are available. With the role that technology plays in the lives of children today and the view that we, as their teachers, need to equip them with skills for the future and the fact that so many avenues of technology are available I have three questions: a. Shouldn't we developing an affinity with ICT rather than teaching particular ICT skills? The programs available today will not reflect programs available in 10 years time. 10 years ago there was no facebook, youtube, twitter, goole earth, smartphones etc. etc (consider a world without those if you will!). b. What are the most effective and realistically useable tools in achieving this? The availability of so many forms of ICT at relatively low prices, ICT can be such a powerful tool to enhance learning - there were 7063 educational applications for IPADS/IPODs when I last checked (admittedly not all worth the digital space that they take), many valuable and extremely cheap (or more often FREE). c. Finally, how do we go about utilising ICT to best support learning? E.g. is there a place for mobile technologies (IPAD/IPOD etc) in the classroom? How connected should learning be to the outside world - should children be posting their work into society for feedback? Isn't collaboration a meaningful skill for the workplace and shouldn't this be central to the use of ICT, which now enables such collaboration outside of the confines of the school walls? Would love to hear the thoughts of others.