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.
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I thought the class was thought-provoking and relevant to our profession.A.B.
I really enjoyed the content of this course! I thought the reading was a little much, but it was enjoyable content which made it better.N.H.
I will change my instructional techniques and plans to better accommodate for the shorter attention spans of this generation. I will use technology where it can be beneficial, but I will not overexpose my students to the technology that they are already overexposed to at home.A.S., Elementary Teacher
I am already trying to implement new ideas into my classes.A.R., Language Arts Teacher
Engaging and informative. I started using the knowledge that I learned right away in the classroom.A.W., Special Education Teacher
The content was interesting, and the work was fair and balanced. I didn't feel like there was any busy work, which I appreciated. I had many takeaways from the course.B.D., Language Arts Teacher
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I really liked how this class had us look at the reality of how technology is affecting our youth today. It gave me a different perspective that some of the classes didn't.C.G.
I am much more informed about today's students and want to continue to learn and modify my lesson plans.R.Y., Special Education Teacher
I think I have a better idea on why students act the way they do and have a better understanding of how to handle it.A.W., Math Teacher
Very informative as to how generation z is different that previous generations.C.S.
The information was very interesting. I appreciated both course texts because they provided excellent information and realistic tips for teachers and educators.B.D., Language Arts Teacher
I appreciated that this course was more content than discussion driven. While there was a required discussion component, it was based around valuable provided texts and media rather than being opinion based like some other courses.M.S., Reading Specialist
This course has helped to shape my understanding of how generational influences coupled with technology have shaped (and are shaping) our students and their parents. It is fascinating and has helped me to redefine how I look at my students on a daily basis.A.W., Reading Specialist
I really thought it was relevant for today's educators and was nice to collaborate with others and find out that what I'm seeing is happening everywhere!M.H., Elementary Teacher