The Milliennials


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This slide show describes the characteristics of today’s learners who are called the Millennials. The Millennials are different from other generations. This generation is all about technology. The technology that the Milliennials use are used for formal and informal learning. These technologies are good and bad and can affect a learning environment.

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The Milliennials

  1. 1. • The Milliennials are adults whose ages range from 18 to 33. (McGlynn, 2005). • Members of the millennial generation have come of age in a society infused with technology and information (Taylor, 2012). • Likely to access the Internet wirelessly with a laptop or smartphone (Zickuhr, 2010).
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  4. 4.     Engagement Involvement Discover Create Love learning with other students  Love learning new information 
  5. 5. Young people growing up in the last decades of the 20th century had the following technologies:
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  7. 7. Millennials use technology regularly for informal and formal learning.
  8. 8. Research has shown that with the increase of digital technologies over the past 10 years the majority of students have changed the way they socialize, communicate and learn (Ito et al.,2008, Sefton-Green, 2004). When using digital media, children engage in a new culture which is different from the older generation. With digital technologies, children are able to create their own private world.
  9. 9. • Using instant messaging is popular with milliennials. These online instant messaging include AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and Trillian.
  10. 10. • Music is easily accessed by the internet and due to this milliennials listen to music and download more music than ever. Milliennials listen to music on Pandora radio, Songza, iTunes, Jango, and Grooveshark.
  11. 11. • Today, Milliennials use online classifieds to help with finding jobs, apartments, cars, selling and buying items. These online classified sites include Craigslist, Kroobe, Tedvertiser, and Extoldeals.
  12. 12. • Milliennials play a lot of online games. Some of these online games include Age of Wushu, Smite, Scarlet Blade, Dust 514, and Firefall.
  13. 13. • Blogs are used a lot today because it is a great tool for Milliennials to use to express themselves and share their feelings and interest. Milliennials use wordpress, penzu, livejournal, and tumblr.
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  15. 15. Today’s students want engagements, involvement. They want to create and make things, discover solutions and come up with new ideas; they want flexibility and freedom, they want to be integrated and to be part of the learning environment. They want to be able to have options/choices in the way they learn. Allowing these technologies and media into the classroom increase students motivation. These different medias allow for students to expand their imagination and teachers will see an increase in class participation.
  16. 16. Wikis are used so students can express feelings. This is great to use in the classroom because students can build on their writing/typing skills and be able to freely express themselves. Students can interview or communicate with other students from another country or school. Teachers can easily do this by incorporating Skype into the classroom. Skype supports multiple people within a chat. This means that several students could get on Skype with students from their classes, as well as global partners, to work together on a collaborative project (Novembe, 2010). Skype allows students interaction and communication skills to improve and build.
  17. 17. Teachers who want students to work independently at home or in school and want skills drilled, teachers can create their own web sites. Teacher created web use internet resources to motivate and support student learning (Novembe, 2010). Students today listen to music while doing work. Providing music for students on their free time will motivate them to finish work. iPads are helpful in schools. Teachers can download educational Apps on iPads that can help students learning.
  18. 18. Technology encourages sharing of thoughts and a diversity of thinking that characterizes a 21st century creative knowledge economy. As students become more technically literate and connected, they are encouraged to think with the future in mind.
  19. 19. Increased Motivation and Self Esteem
  20. 20. Negatives of Technology in Education Milliennials rely on this technology everyday. Technology is students life, it’s their way of learning and keeping in touch with their family and friends. Students take technology to their advantage, it gets in the way of education. Educators need to find a way to incorporate popular media and technology into the classroom.
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