Generation Y, the Millennials, Tech babies, whatever you decide to title this current generation it is impossible to ignore their technological prowess. The children born from 1978 – 1995 were born into a computerized world. They have been raised with
According to a Pew Internet & America Life Project study teens are more technologically connected now than ever before. Findings state that 87% of kids between ages 12 – 17 use the internet. Up to 51% go online daily. While 45% have cell phones and 38% use those for text messaging and staying in touch with their friends (Lenhart, Madden, & Hitlin, 2005). What this study demonstrates is that
Colleges have jumped on board to keep this generation of students focused and motivated in classes. At Brown University instructors are using a tool called a “clicker” to generate responses from their student population. A clicker is similar to a TV remote control; however when a student selects their answer the answer is directed to the instructor’s computer at the front of the class. Student’s responses are immediately generated and a compilation of the entire classroom’s answers then creates a ‘results chart’ for the instructor to use as a basis for a current and real-time discussion with the class. The
As recent as 5 years ago in K-12 classrooms around the country teachers resisted computer access for students because they feared what the students might do. “It’s hard to monitor something like that when the student knows more about computers than you do”, states Sue Hall, high school English teacher from Seattle, WA. The move to get teachers more comfortable with computers has been on the agenda for almost a decade now.
It appears the younger teachers are more comfortable with
Times are changing. High schools are beginning to go high tech. From online class delivery to issuing student laptops, lower level schools are beginning to catch on to what is reaching their target Generation Y market.
Since 2003 over 1200 schools have implemented pilot programs that issue laptops to their students. Empire High School in Vail, AZ understands there are learning differences that are keeping today’s youth from being more engaged. This school year Empire High opened its doors without any textbooks. The books were replaced with a laptop issued to its 300 students. The community was advised of this new laptop environment prior to the school year commencement and the school is now not only full to capacity but it has a waiting list for entrance.
Now that schools are seemingly catching up with the