In one sense, I totally get the traditional "learn to think for yourselves" approach to education.
In another, I have seen "Smartboards" used very effectively by several teachers in different situations.
Elementary kids "signing in" to class on the smartboard - not exactly deep thinking, but a basic life skill of making your presence known at a place you are required to be - reducing workload on the teacher for attendance taking and reporting, and getting the kids at least minimally engaged before morning announcements.
Virtual field trips via Google Images. Let's visit Scotland today - multimedia presentation put together by an elementary school teacher with minimal prep time and very high student engagement. Ability to go interactive on questions "Anybody know what hagus is?" Do you want to learn more about the highlands or the cities?
Life skills: let's check the weather... what does this mean, how would you dress, let's see some videos of people in these weather situations...