I am very interested in the ways in which hyper-exposure to technology may affect cognition. Pursuing this idea, I found an article about technology as a learning tool:
which linked me to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson :
In the talk, Robinson explains how current Western education models (he focuses on elementary and middle school) "stigmatize mistakes" (where mistakes are, in fact, one of the many agents of creativity) to an extent that "mistakes are the worst thing you can make" in a system, and more importantly in a society, which ascribe to arcane models of intelligence, hierarchically designed for office workers to have more job opportunities and financial success than, say, a dancer. He states that schools are "educating people out of their creative capacities" and that we need to "radically rethink our view of intelligence" to foster, rather than suppress, creative individuals. To do this, intelligence needs to be viewed as interactive, diverse, related to our sensory perceptions, our kinetics (he states, "some people need to move to think") rather than concentrated in textbook, 'heady' learning.
Relative to the article, Robinson's ideas are valid in that incorporating interactive technology, such as video games and, say, Ipads, into the classroom will cater to more kinetic learners, but when I thought about this in terms of my question, Robinson's model seems to suggest two things: 1) for less creative individuals, exposure to interactive technology and learning, especially at this early age, may implant more interactive modes of learning into these individuals, diversifying their intelligence and enhancing their creativity, and 2) for creative individuals, technology may not change the way that they think and process information rather than finally provide them with a suitable agent in which to learn: creativity, in a sense, surpassing technology.