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A presentation on the Millennial generation and their use of technology.

A presentation on the Millennial generation and their use of technology.

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  • “Traditionalists born before1946 are patriotic and tend to be loyal, fiscally conservative andhave faith in institutions. Baby Boomers bornbetween 1946 and 1964are described as idealistic, competitive, questioning authority, and desireto put their own stamp on things. They are sandwiched between parentsand their children and they challenge institutions.” People born from1965–1981 are known as Generation X, and they are “eclectic, resourceful,self-reliant, distrust institutions, and are highly adaptive to both change andtechnology.”
  • “The Millennial Generation is generally agreedto be those born between approximately 1982and 2002. Neil Howe and Bill Strauss arecredited with coining the term Millennials” (Alison, J.; 2009, p. 64).
  • Digital immigrants are born prior to 1980 about a decade ago. Marc Prensky thinks that digital natives are different from digital immigrants not just in how they dress, but in language, music, and how they approach technology (Prensky,2001).
  • Children who have grown up since the emergence ofthe World Wide Web and the assortment of relateddigital technologies (e.g., cell phones, text messaging,video games, and instant messaging) are now beingreferred to as the Millennials (Howe & Strauss, 2000).
  • “Millennials are first of all the largest generation:76 million as of the end of the year 2000(Howe & Strauss, 2000, p. 14).The Millennialsare also a diverse generation.”
  • “Millennial are a confident and optimisticgeneration of achievers. While it may bedebated by some, rising test scores haveoccurred among Milennials, more kidsthan ever say they like school, and a largerpercentage are taking Advanced Placementcourses” (Howe & Strauss, 2000, p. 9).
  •  “Milennials getalong with their parents far better than previousgenerations have, perhaps contributing to therise of the "helicopter parent" as they don'tmind their parents getting involved in theirbusiness” (Alison, J.; 2009, p. 65).  “One highly publicized study entitled "EgosInflating Over Time" has found Millennials tobe the most narcissistic generation (Alison, J.; 2009, p. 65)”.
  • “Millennials are an impatient generationthat has grown up multitasking” (Alison, J., 2008, p. 65). “Generation Yers are commonly characterized as having low thresholds for boredom and showing short attention spans” (Amy, H.; 2010, p. 13). They are “highly scheduled” ( "Millennial" students gravitate toward group activity” (McGlynn,A.; 2005, p. 13 ).“Millennialsare at ease with multitasking, quite happy tobe chatting via IM and listening to musicwhile doing their homework (Oblinger, 2003, p.4O).”
  • “Millennial are a confident and optimisticgeneration of achievers. While it may bedebated by some, rising test scores haveoccurred among Milennials, more kidsthan ever say they like school, and a largerpercentage are taking Advanced Placementcourses” (Howe & Strauss, 2000, p. 9).
  •  They are the "focus of the mostsweeping youth safety movement in Americanhistory" beginning with the rise of child safetydevices in the 80s, continuing through thepost-Columbine focus on school safety (Howe& Strauss, 2000, p. 43).
  •  “These students grew up in a time of economic prosperity” (McGylnn,2005,p.13).
  • “Millennials were born around the time thepersonal computer was introduced, andtwenty percent began using computers at theearly ages of 5-8, while "virtually all studentswere using computers" by the ages of 16-18(Obhnger, 2003, p.39)”
  • All of those tools are used at a much more frequent rate by people from the Millennial generation than by any other generation.
  • “Public schools typically placeheavy restrictions on the use of the Internet. Socialnetworking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, andYouTube are often blocked in libraries and computerlabs. The result is a failure to build a bridge betweenthe technological world Millennials live in and theclassrooms we expect them to learn in. Such restrictionsare almost always justified by claiming that theyare intended to protect students. Such protection,however well-intentioned, actually fails to prepareyoung people by not providing the adult supervisionand guidance that many of them would benefit fromduring their online encounters” (Cosidine, D.; Horton, J. & Moorman, G.; 2009, 473).“Thus Millennials needlibrarians more than ever because they live ina changing world of information overload” (Alison, J.; 2009, p. 65). “Most importantly librarians need to emphasize that not all information is found on the Web and that the information found there might not be reliable, depending on its source” (Phyliss, N.; 2011, p. 48)


  • 1. Millennial LearnersAmerican Intercontinental UniversityEDU 642: Digital Citizenship in EducationProfessor James BealPresented by Malieth Monydit
  • 2. The Generations GI’s (1901-1924) Silent Generation (1925-1942) Baby Boomer(1943-1960) Generation X (1961-1981) Millennial (1982 -2002)
  • 3. Who are the MillennialGeneration? Also known as Generation Y, Generation M, and Net Generation Neil Howe and Bill Strauss coined the term “Millenials”
  • 4. Digital Immigrants Born before 1980 People born before the advent of digital technologies Not as technology oriented or as savvy as Digital Natives They have adapted to the digital world, but they still have an “immigrants accent”
  • 5. Digital Natives People born after 1980 People born in the digital age Technology is natural and easy for them to use Surrounded by computers, video games, digital music, video cameras, cell phones
  • 6. Millennial Generation They are the largest generation, consisting of 30 percent of the US population They are the most racially diverse generation
  • 7. Who are the MillennialGenerations Children of Baby Boomers and Generation X’s Most educated generation
  • 8. Millennial Learners Values Focus on family Structured, civic lifestyles Multiculturalism Globalism Terrorism Technology
  • 9. Mindset Technology Oriented They love to collaborate in groups Family Oriented Narcissistic
  • 10. Work Habits They like to multitask They like to set and achieve goals Impatient Short attention span Flexibility
  • 11. Self Esteem They raised to be confident, and independent. Competitive
  • 12. Social Contract They follow rules, and respect authority
  • 13. Times Raised in a time of economic prosperity Protected by government regulations
  • 14. Usage of Technology Use Technology for formal and informal learning E.g. YouTube can be used for education or fro entertainment.
  • 15. Use of Technology Smartphones Tablets
  • 16. Use of Technology Wikis (e.g. Wikipedia) Blogs (e.g. GeekSquad) News websites (e.g. BBC) E-Readers (e.g. Nook) Tablet (e.g. ipad)
  • 17. Use of Technology Social Media (Mediafire, Netflix, Itunes) Social Networking (facebook, Tweeter, Skype)
  • 18. Impact of Technology onEducation Education is student centered, not lecturer centered There is more information, and its more dynamic Education can be distant and mobile Encouragement of humanism, globalism, and multiculturalism Learning is more networked and collaborative More librarians will be need
  • 19. Problems Millennial Generationface The social and technological gap beteen the educators and Millennial generation. Temptation to plagiarize, since it is easier with technology Easy to violate copy right laws Cyber bulling Privacy
  • 20. References Cosidine, D., Horton, J., & Moorman, G. (2009). Teaching and Reading the Millennial Generation Through Media Literacy. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52, 473-481. Jones, A. (2008). Riding the Technology Rapids with the Millennials. Christian Librarians, 51,62-67. Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2006). Millennials and the Pop Culture. Great Falls, VA: Life Course Howe, N. & Strauss,W. (2007). Todays teens are less selfish than some adults think. Retrieved November 11, 2011, from The Christian Science Monitor: Lancaster, L. & D. Stillman (2003). When the generations collide. New York: 1, 1. McGylnn, A. (2005). Teaching Millenials, Our Newest Cultural Cohort. Education Digest, 71, 12-16. Oblinger, D. (2003). Boomers, GenXers & Millennials: understanding the new students. RetrievedNovember 11, 2006, from EDUCAUSE: Phyliss, N. (2011). Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Student. Borough of Manhattan Community College, 17, 48. Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. Retrieved from Marc Prenskys Web site:,%20Digital 20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pd All images used in the presentation were retrieved from PowerPoint clip art search.
  • 21. Finis