And to a certain point that's true, and we should hope for it to be true. But let's not make a fetish out of this.
I don't give a darn if the current college-age generation is used to being wired 24/7. Perhaps, just perhaps, learning requires the same thing it's always required--focused contemplative attention on the one topic at hand. And that doesn't require teaching students differently just because they'd prefer to be taught differently:
Community colleges are facing the iGeneration, writes Community College Week. Wired students expect to learn online just as they do everything else online.
Community colleges must respond to the new learners, said Pamela K. Quinn, provost of the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, the online arm of the Dallas County Community College District.
We should teach in the manner that's most appropriate for the subject matter we're teaching, not in the manner most desirable or pleasant for students--and certainly not in the manner that's become the latest educational fad.
In other words, close the laptop, put away the smartphone, and listen to what your teacher/professor is telling you. Someone, including taxpayers, is paying a lot of money for you to get an education, so do us all a favor and pay attention to the person paid to share their knowledge with you.