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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This class presented very relevant information in a timely manner. I felt that all assignments and readings in this course had a purpose. The material was very well organized and presented. I especially enjoyed the ability to use Zoom discussions to actually meet some of my classmates.K.W., Science 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
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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.
This course helped me to grasp the challenges facing my students and gave realistic ways to engage with them in terms meaningful to them. It also gave me strategies to use with my own children!A.T., Language Arts Teacher
Curriculum was great.D.A., Language Arts Teacher
It encouraged me to have a lot more understanding for the effects of technology on different generations.B.R., World Languages Teacher
I liked the assignments that were applicable to my classroom (lesson plan review and digital citizenship lesson)C.R., Special Education Teacher
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 liked the course, and I like that there were options to do the assignments (for example, a video feed versus a discussion post)M.K., Science Teacher
It has changed the way I view both parents and students.A.W., Reading Specialist
I thought the information about today's students was very eye opening and useful.D.F.
The readings were current and the professor genuinely loves what she is teaching.M.M., Math Teacher
I found the parenting styles information to be very helpful. I also really felt like the digital citizenship information was very pertinent to my students and my own personal children.S.K., Reading Specialist
I have a better understanding of how my students see the world with technology.G.C., Language Arts Teacher