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Poster Session 2

Work StyleGen X (Immigrants): -Productivity, but one task at a time-Balance between work and life—work to live not live to work-See self as a marketable commodity-Comfortable with authority but not impressed with titles-Prefer text before graphicsGen Y (Natives): -Exceptional multi-taskers-Seek active versus passive involvement-Want everything instantly—everything now-Prefer graphics before text, want rewards for good work

Generational Differences in Values: How does this affect school?

Lauren HannafordPoster Session 2EDFN 603

References "Generation X (Born 1965-1980)." Generation X. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014."Generation Y (Born 1980-1994)." Generation Y. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.Prensky, Marc. "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1." On the Horizon 9.5 (2001): 1-6. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.

Digital Natives Vs. Digital Immigrants Natives: Those who grew up with technology their whole lives; using computers, videogames, music players, video cameras, cell phones and all other types of products.Immigrants: Those not born in the digital age but who have come to adopt some of the new technology and use it in their everyday lives."The single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language" (Prensky).What we as teachers and coaches can do to curb this generational gap:1. Methodology: Learn to communicate in the language and style of our students (this doesn't mean changing what's important but going less step-by-step, changing things up)2. Content: Legacy vs. Future-Legacy is the "traditional" material such as reading, writing, thinking, etc.-Future is the "newer" things, digital and technological, it includes software, hardware, politics, ethics, and languages.*Marc Prensky who coined this terminology suggests we find a balance between legacy and future to teach our students in their language**

Has technology impacted our values?

What does this mean for education?It's pretty clear each generation has their own norms, values, work styles, etc. There has been so much research done on this topic and how each generation compares to the others; especially from a work standpoint. It was difficult, however, to find research on this topic related to education aside from the ideas of Marc Prensky who coined the terms Digital Native and Digital Immigrant. Most of this information was related to technology and I think it's rightfully so. Technology has changed our society greatly and thus impacts each new generation and the way they do everything. During my research, I found short blurbs from Digital Immigrant teachers saying it's becoming harder for them to connect to their students or teach the same information the same ways they have been for years...I think the main way this information is affecting education is by showing these older teachers that you can't keep teaching new generations of students the same way you've been teaching for years. As mentioned above, two ways to "bridge this gap" is to basically learn the Digital Natives language and incorporate newer, more relevant topics (to their lives) in your lessons.As time goes on, each new generation will have a new set of norms, values, work styles, etc. and it's everyones job in society to learn to adjust to working with it.

ValuesGen X (Immigrants): -Contribution-Feedback and recognition-Time with managerGen Y (Natives): -Marketing and branding self is important-Respect must be earned; it is not freely granted based on age, authority or title-Autonomy


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