I just read a wonderful blog post from Rachid’s Blog about very specific tips and tactics for engaging this generation in education. From Generation Z: Important Education Trends, by Tim Handorf:
These hyper-connected and tech-savvy youngsters are changing how educators formulate lessons and interact with students. Many predict they could forever change how kids are taught at all levels by making technology an integral part of all classroom study.
Among the most important educational trends to watch that Handorf names are: interactive devices as classroom learning tools and collaborative online projects. These are two things I find educators often fear, worried that they won’t foster independent thinking or working. However our focus on individual working is simply not one that this generation holds dear. Collaboration to foster larger, better outcomes are of greater import and openness and knowledge sharing are their natural inclinations.
Rather than worrying that they won’t be like us or act like us, those of us in older generations might better be served to keep our eye on a project’s objectives and how we can support students to find their strength as part of a team.