Listen to the Natives.

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      The article describes how schools can catch up and provide students with a relevant education. Since educators have slid into the 21st century, it's now time for education leaders to raise above the daily grind and observe the new landscape that's emerging. Today students are native speakers of technology, fluent in the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. Students, as digital natives, will continue to evolve and change so rapidly that teachers won't be able to keep up. Educators must take their cues from their students' 21st century innovations and behaviors, abandoning, in many cases, their own predigital instincts and comfort zones. They must practice putting engagement before content when teaching. They can also help students figure out who has the best access to technology outside school and encourage students to form study groups so that more students benefit from this access. Many students lack the prerequisites for learning--engagement and motivation--in terms of that they get in schools.