21st century learner

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  • 1. Who are you?
    The 21st Century Learner
    Millennnial Generation
  • 2. In order to understand teaching in the 21st Century we will first discover the 21st century learner
  • 3. Generation Theory
    Howe and Strauss (2000) propose that generations form in patterns, not linearily
    Not ALL cohorts share the commonly held traits
    They break from previous generation
    Fulfil the gap left by the vacating older generation
    Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials Rising: The Next Generation. New York: Vintage Books.
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  • 5. Subverting the paradigm: the Millennial Generation
    The Millennials (Howe and Strauss, 2000)
    Born from 1982 to 2002
    Reversing the tendency toward dysfunction and disengagement found in Gen X and Baby Boomer youth
    Positive outlook on school, family, risk, career and politics
    React against the perceived excesses of the baby boomers
    Filling the social role left by the departing generation (World war II, GI.)
    Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials Rising: The Next Generation. New York: Vintage Books.
  • 6.
  • 7. Millennialsdefined
    Howe and Nadler (2008), Howe (2005)
    I am ‘Special’ – to parents and society, raised in an era where attitudes toward children emphasize greater child protection, in schools, homes and communities
    Sheltered – helicopter parents who schedule as many opportunities as possible for their special children
    Neil Howe.  (2005, September). Harnessing the Power of Millennials. School Administrator, 62(8), 18-22.  Retrieved January 7, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 898481801).
    Howe, N., & Nadler, R.. (2008, April). MILLENNIALS RISING. Leadership for Student Activities, 36(8), 17-21.  Retrieved January 7, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1466374001).
  • 8. Millennials...
    Confident, conventional
    Define success in terms of balance between family and career
    Team oriented/community building/ collaborators social media experts
    High achieving/ pressured (possibly overscheduled, wanting to meet expectations)
    Howe, N.  (2005, September). Harnessing the Power of Millennials. School Administrator, 62(8), 18-22.  Retrieved January 7, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 898481801).
    Howe, N., & Nadler, R.. (2008, April). MILLENNIALS RISING. Leadership for Student Activities, 36(8), 17-21.  Retrieved January 7, 2011, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1466374001).
  • 9.
  • 10. Enter technology
    Millennials queried in the survey [Microsoft] reported using a wide variety of technology tools and services every day, including mobile phones (89 percent), smartphones or PDAs (20 percent), MP3 players (71 percent), text messaging (83 percent), and instantmessaging (75 percent). The Web also featured prominently in their responses, as Millennials frequent social networking sites(87 percent), conduct Web-based search(92 percent), access Web-based e-mail (88 percent), conduct research using online Wikis(59 percent), and post to personal blogs(28 percent) or their own Web sites (26 percent).
    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Microsoft+Issues+First+Global+Survey+of+Millennials+and+Banking...-a0189168275
    2008 survey 2009 news story
  • 11. Great possibilities!
    Today’s young people are smart, teaming up, hardworking, confident and doing well
    The curriculum needs to be more interesting and challenging
    Students more engaged with teachers and each other
    Where ever possible integrate classroom experience with cutting edge networked technology (Howe, 2005)
    Neil Howe .  (2005, September). Harnessing the Power of Millennials. School Administrator, 62(8), 18-22.  Retrieved January 7, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 898481801).