I've been putting together a radio feature on where computers in schools are taking education.
It's hard for somebody like me, taught in neat rows at a wooden desk with a lid, to understand the way modern school pupils think about computers.
They filled rooms and used punched cards when I was at school.
And one of the problems I've discovered during my research for the report is that many teachers, even rather young ones, find they too have to stretch themselves to use IT and the Internet in ways that enhance rather than replace earlier teaching tools.
It's not really valuable if a teacher uses computers to gather lots of pictures and text. That's just a 'scrapbook' approach, as one of my interviewees says.
Using the non-linear processes that computers make possible is the real challenge.
If you have children in elementary or primary school you probably know that they don't sit in rows and lessons involved a lot of sound and movement these days. In Britain, you can't teach maths without 'carpet time'!
Now the next development being sought after is to give children IT tools that free them up even more. They can learn anywhere and anytime, without thinking they are in a formal lesson.
The hope is that will free up their minds, too. But they have to take more responsibility for their time.
Can they do that? Or will they just fall into lazy habits and play games?
I'd like to get your views.