Millennial Learners

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Published on February 23, 2014

Author: niagrafowlers



In school, students need to be allowed to use the technology they have been surrounded by their entire lives.


NetGen ARE YOU A LEARNER? (born between 1982 and 2002)

Millennials have always been surrounded by technology.

Today’s teachers “….are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.”

A different approach must be taken…

Today’s 21 year old has spent…

10,000 hours playing video games

20,000 hours watching TV

10,000 hours talking on cell phones

Sent 250,000 emails

Today’s kids' brains are wired differently. The average attention span of a NetGen student is 7 minutes.

Let’s give the millennia ls what they need to learn…

Millennials are team-oriented and confident, so let them work together and take charge.

They multitask and are tech-

Millennials prefer to learn any time, any place.

If they must be in the class room, student s should interact with smartboards… not watch them.

Clickers work great with smartboards.


Smartphones and iPods: Toys or TOOLS?

Students can blog or create wikis on their teacher’s website… …with their CELL PHONES.

Millennials prefer online environments, so provide it for them.

Utilize YouTube, NetFlix, Hulu, and podcasts…

And if you REALLY want students to learn…

SURPRISE!!! video games = learning

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