By Paul DeVries
For those born after 1982, technology has become the social equalizer. Are the fundamentals we’re teaching preparing students to succeed in their world? Or in ours?
After nearly a year’s worth of research focused on millennial students, much of what I found highlighted a subject that is largely misunderstood and self conflicting. Despite this enigma, one fact is undisputable: their predilection toward emergent technology and the communication that it affords. Much of this communicative technology is proffered as immediate, asynchronous, collaborative and multi-sensory. Millennial students—those born after 1982—have become prodigies of this tech environment. They are connected 24/7, a connection that allows unprecedented access to almost any word ever written. It should be noted that this technology has allowed millennials to multi-task, a trait that can sometimes be misconstrued as antisocial.