Gareth Mitchell, host of the BBC program 'Click' and one of technology's foremost journalists, says new thinking skills are needed in this age when rote learning is not required. In a UGotClass online chat last month he said,
"Rote learning is less important when we can just call up facts from this rich cloud of information at any time in any place.
"The skills for coming generations and those that teach them will be how to weigh all that information up: how to rate the relative veracity of stuff on Wikipedia, the websites of learned journals, Twitter, university websites, government etc. To thrive and succeed, our children will have to become fully digital citizens.
"The ones who do best won"t be the ones best at revising for exams but who navigate their way through the digital space, filtering, thinking, analysing and evaluating as they go."