In an column for the Star-Telegram, William S. Dinger argues that if teaching is an “exchange of ideas”, then the means people use of sharing those ideas must find a place in the modern classroom. Because children are mastering digital communication such as IM, eMail, and podcasts at such a fast pace, teachers need to not only be able to speak the youth’s language, but also find effective means of communication with them. The digital age is rendering the note sent home from the teacher a quaint notion. Why send a note home when you can text the parent’s cell phone? For all of tech’s benefits however, there are some drawbacks. Dinger believes that the challenge facing educators today is striking an effective balance between time-tested teaching methods and the new advances in education made possible through technology…