If we haven't already started to see a transition in the way learning, socializing and functioning in the world has changed, we will in the next 2-3 years. While not revolutionary in observation, but evolutionary in effect, TIVO, wikipedia, google, youtube, Facebook, Myspace, IM, Social Documents and the open source movement are laying the groundwork for the new economy where highly relevant information is culled from the social collective, processed, and grown into innovation through multiple inputs.
These future workers of economic change, now students in college, are well versed in world affairs, multitasking, and the tools used to sort through through mountains of static in order to reach specific conclusions. It is time for the real world to catch up or be left behind.
If you haven't checked it out yet, there is an excellent course syllabus on the UC Berkley site that helps explain the impact and use of collaborative technologies.