The impact of technology on education continues to be felt globally.

New mass-market entertainment offerings and innovative computer applications, such as Apple's iMovie continue to change the way kids are taught, and also the way today's children are.

Speaking to 2theadvocate News, Apple Computer educational technical consultant James Kelley observed: "The learners of today have changed."

"Today's students live in a digital world, and they come to school with different expectations," he said. "We have a new basic skills set for the digital economy."

Kelley's statements reflect UK government-backed Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education unit BECTA's findings about today's schoolchildren. They need to learn using tools that reflect their out-of-school existence, and the application of digital devices can boost learning, performance and attendance. They also need to acquire skills that are relevant to tomorrow's digital industries, Kelley stressed.

He believes teaching methods should reflect changing needs, moving from teaching at kids to facilitating interactive learning. "Technology is a catalyst for change and growth," he explained.

He added: "Education is not preparation for life, but life itself."