Have you thought about the
generations that are now teaching our children?
How well do you know your XYZs?
Gen X (36-57 yrs.) has seen a massive growth in daily life
technology. From the beginning of cable
television, home computers and cordless phones to our On-Demand digital life
today with handheld 24-7 information and communication. Gen X has been the first generation of
parents, and teachers, having to navigate children through this, sometimes
frightening, instant information age.
Gen Y, the Millennial generation, (35-17 yrs.) is the first to
come of age with cable TV, the Internet and cell phones, so technology is essentially baked into
every Millennial's DNA.
Gen Z or the
iGeneration (16 yrs. & under) is the most technologically saturated
generation our world has ever seen. They are digitally transformed – seamlessly
integrating technology into their everyday realities. They are the children and
students of Gen X AND Gen Y.
The XYZs all live
their lives constantly connected with instant digital, visual, interactive
information available to them in handheld, tablet and/or PC form virtually
every minute of every day.
Most students today have access
to computers or smart phone which are inherently interactive devices. Students, and teachers, engage readily with
technology in the classroom because they are comfortable with and enjoy
interactive technology. This is how
these generations are accustomed to interacting with information and with each
other. Technology in education is no
longer a luxury. Instructional
technology is how you speak the language of this generation.