I found an article in today's Salon in a lot of ways to be very encouraging. Kids are using technology to get at higher order thinking skills. 8/10 students surveyed understood what To Kill a Mockingbird was about. Lots more work to do. 25% of teh students surveyed could not identify Adolf Hitler's role in World History. The important thing is that Web 2.0 tools are gaining traction and students are starting to use their brains to think, rather than just cram information into.