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
The books readings were the most valuable.J.B., Elementary Teacher
I wasn't sure about this course at first. I really struggled getting the first assignment started but once I did, and found my "flow," I really enjoyed the class. I learned a lot and this course has helped me reflect on my teaching and how I might change to better serve my students.L.K., Elementary Teacher
This course was good at making me reflect on my students I have had in the past and my future students and how technology may or may not be perceived in their homes.D.C., Elementary Teacher
Useful, vital information on today's youth.T.E., Math Teacher
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
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
Excellent content!E.C., Special Education Teacher
As teachers we are really only trained on the positives of technology. It was good to learn the other side and how to help protect the students.B.M., Special Education Teacher
The readings were current and the professor genuinely loves what she is teaching.M.M., Math Teacher
I am already trying to implement new ideas into my classes.A.R., Language Arts Teacher
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
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
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
The information in this course was very valuable to see into characteristics of the generation we see in the education field today. Very valuable reflections and assignments.M.L., Administrator
It will be helpful in allowing me to connect with today's students.A.F.