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Millennial Learners

How to teach millennial learners and how they learn best.

Margo Sheffler

on 28 November 2012

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Millennial Learners What they know:
Their skill set What they don't know:
Their weaknesses So, we've identified their strengths and weaknesses...How do we teach or communicate with Millennial Learners? First of all: Who are millennial learners? Definition: Millennial Learners- digital information literacy creativity collaborative problem solving research citizenship literacy Fast Facts about technology usage among young people 77% of teen Internet users get news online, which signifies growth of more than 38% in the number of teens getting news online since 2000 94% of U.S. teens ages 12–17 use the Internet, the highest percentage among any age group studied 63% of teenage Internet users say they go online on a daily basis, with 35% of online teens reporting going online several times a day 78% of teens go online mostly from home, compared to 15% of
teens who mostly access the Internet at school and 6% who say
they go online most from a youth center, library, a friend’s house, etc. Remember that children from different races and social classes may not have the same access to technology nor possess the same technological literacy. Use visuals, as well as printed and spoken resources Allow students to talk through questions in class Add technology into the lesson This allows the teacher to cater to multiple learning styles and give a more well-rounded introduction to the topic. Delay in language development The generation born between 1980-2000 who are used to having instant feedback and constant, ever-present technology. They want answers and they want to be praised for their success and nurtured if they don't succeed (there is no such thing as "failing" with this generation). They are considered as sheltered and team- and family-oriented, as well as pressured and "conventional" by older generations. Many times, their actions and beliefs are seen as pragmatic, but optimistic, and take education seriously. Lack Problem-solving and Critical thinking techniques Need specific instructions Funny example: children's knowledge of technology Impatience Bibliography: "The Millennial Student: A New Generation of Learners"
"Engaging Millennial Students in Leadership Education"
"Millennial Learners and Net-Savvy Teens?: Examining Internet Use among Low-Income Students"
"Maintaining a balance whilst building momentum: Designing for millennial learners and everyone else"
"Library Hi Tech" With that being said...what do millennials value? to be recognized as individuals;
have a voice in class decisions;
establish a rapport with instructors; group interactions;
view class time as a social and educational experience;
need a non-judgemental sounding audience; become active recipients of information; must be engaged to retain information;
variety of learning experiences; and
are used to being entertained. course work that must be relevant to the real world;
to learn marketable skills;
want information to be current; Keep in mind that this definition is from the perspective of educators from older generations. Millennial learners (i.e., you) may not agree with some of the arguments in this definition. Most of all... Be Creative!
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