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The phenomenal growth in access to information is obvious to all. It's important to remind ourselves how significantly different our experiences were in our formative learning years.

Today's students have access to resources that were unthinkable just a few years ago. The practical implication for schools and teachers is the change in how much information we are still compelled to provide. Does it really make sense to copy and distribute readings when students can be asked—with direction, of course—to locate, read, and share this with the class. Consider the potential numbing effect on students knowing that everyone else has read the same piece, versus the impact of letting students find an appropriate reading to share. If used well, the second scenario can result in greater personal motivation; each learner brings to the class their own unique contribution.

Today, most students have realistic confidence that they can find relevant information via Internet search.

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