One of the most recurrent questions that people that are in permanent relation with nowadays students is: are our students really multitaskers, are they so much intelligent than us? Is the technology transforming the way they learn and are technologies making students more intelligent?
This is not only a interesting question, but a curiosity to the most of the teachers, and why not students, who work in education. There are many books written about this matter, for example Mark Prensky is well known for all his contibuitions about the digital natives; Dan Tapscott is, also, known because he tries to explain o solve a similar question on his book "Growing up digital". And like them, there a many researchers and book authors.
Mark Bullen, the director of Journal of Distance Education and the Dean of British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was invited to explain why much of those answers about the intellingence of young people in a digital age could be simple myth and not always and not in all the cases, students of this generation must be more intelligent than the other ones.
In this 40 minutes conference held through itsligo (a very interesting tools to synchronous commmunication) He talks about this amazing theme.
Here we have the ppt of his presentation, in case you want to read it again.
Communication Preferences of Postsecondary Learners: Are Net Gen Learners Really that Different?