I was referred to a good article in EDUCAUSE for September called “Ensuring the Net Generation is Net Savvy.” It is not overly long, and I found it well articulated. Here is the abstract:
Net Gen students may know the Internet, but they are not necessarily “net savvy.” Exposed to huge quantities and multiple formats of information online, they are constantly challenged to sort valid from inaccurate information. Moreover, students are creating information, not just consuming it. This Educause Learning Initiative paper explores the challenges students face online in effectively finding information, using technology, and thinking critically.
I was both heartened, and at the same time dismayed, to find the article referred to a study reported in USA today that the IPOD has supplanted beer as the most in thing for undergrads, and Facebook is tied with beer for second.