One of the books from my summer reading list was by Tim Elmore’s Generation iY.
Elmore also notes how this generation is far more tech savvy and comfortable learning form tech than any generation prior. As many of our students will tell us they consider technology as essential as water and air.
If you don’t believe me, just watch what an elementary student can do with your iPhone or their iPad.
How can we find interesting and relevant ways to use technology in our classes to engage Generation iY? I have seen teachers have great success with having a “social media” student of the day to Tweet or Snapchat or Instagram out the events of the day as a way to teach digital citizenship. I have seen language teachers Skype with native speakers from their home countries during class. I have even seen teachers videotape their traditional lessons and play them to the class because this generation is more likely to pay attention to videos delivering content than an actual teacher up in front of them delivering the same content! Whatever works.