EDU 909 Understanding Today's Students
This course delves into the powerful societal and technological influences contributing to the development and perspectives of today's students. Culture and technology are contributing to changing worldviews, expectations, and practices in families, schools, and communities today. Students are learning in a world that is very different from what it was just a few decades ago.
Understanding Today's Students examines the attitudes, behaviors, and emotional and mental health of students. It exploresthe opportunities and challenges inherent in current parenting, education and technology trends. Strategies are discussed for effectively engaging, equipping, and empowering Generation Z (b. 1996-2012) learners.
*Participants in this course will have a mandatory, synchronous, video conference session. The date and time are listed on each course registration page.
See what other educators are saying about this course
This was definitely an eye opener to what our students today are dealing with and it helps be understand how I have to change things to keep them engaged.A.G., Social Studies Teacher
The forum discussions and hearing from other teachers was the most beneficial.C.H., Math Teacher
I loved this course. I thought it was very educational. I am part of a younger generation and it was insightful to learn more about my generation and the younger ones in education settings.H.S.
I think it gives me a better idea of how today's kids think and learn in relation to the role of technology. I have a better perspective of how to talk to and work with these kids.B.D., Language Arts Teacher
This class was amazing! I have never taken another class like it. Learning about how generations have an effect on one another, how technology is impacting students and our society, the way technology is effecting our brains, and how we can help students growing up in a digital world was so helpful.P.G., Elementary Teacher
Dr. Erlacher laid out the course for the maximum opportunity do engaged learning and practical application!J.V.
The insight as to the dangers of the abuse of technology.M.C.
This course has helped me get to know the generation of students I am teaching today. This will allow me to create instruction that will best meet their needs.J.I., Special Education Teacher
I have a better understanding of how my students see the world with technology.G.C., Language Arts Teacher
This course was great. I generally dread taking Education graduate courses because it's usually the same thing that was taught ten years ago, but re-branded. However, this class was very informative, useful, and overall interesting. I think Jolene organized it in a very thoughtful way, providing both the historical background for technology's impact through the ages and allowing us to really delve into how technology is impacting students today. Jolene Erlacher was also very supportive throughout the course. I had to contact her on more than one occasion, due to my own ineptitude at technology, but she was both patient and helpful with my struggles.K.P., Language Arts Teacher
I liked this course. I thought the books were really interesting to read and I enjoyed the projects that we had to do. They really made me think about how I am as a teacher.A.R., Language Arts Teacher
This class should be a requirement for anyone looking to be an educator!B.G., Math Teacher
It has changed the way I view both parents and students.A.W., Reading Specialist
I truly loved the literature and readings required for this class. It was related to my current teaching and addressed many concerns that i have as a teacher of Generation Z students.C.H., Math Teacher
I really liked the course forums. I like to collaborate with peers who are in the same situation as I am in. It is nice to get others opinions and thoughts on subjects.A.R., Language Arts Teacher