Playing certainly helps. I am a hands on person and the ability to get in there and muck around helps cement the learning. What also helps supplement this is a specific set of steps that I can always revert to when I get stuck. I have made some notes for myself that I think will help although they are far from complete. If only Borders would call and say that my book is in! I am not one to shelve the resource manual. Personally I like to pull it out and put on my technical reading hat to see if it can get me out of a jam.
In terms of what this means for kids...I can think of a number of ways teachers can use this. It will mean that people need to rethink how they use their time. I would not want people to spend inordinate amounts of time at their computers at home. If it comes to this then I think people will avoid using the technology.
For me personally, I think being able to receive RSS feeds specific to things we are working on would be helpful. Searching the web can be overwhelming. I'd like to get more proficient at finding sites so that I can then share information with others electronically. Maybe eventually I will get to paperless or almost paperless!