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 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 will be better prepared to meet the needs of my learnrs.B.G., Math Teacher
I will be more mindful of my student's time spent on iPads, ensuring they spend equal amounts of time spent on tech as spent interacting with others.O.S., Special Education Teacher
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
The assignments were personalized. I feel like the work I did will have a positive impact on my classroom management and my teaching. We were also required to reflect upon our reading and our work. Personal reflection is key to personal growth and I enjoyed being given the chance to do so.N.S.
The information will always stay with me and will hopefully change a lot of ny approach to teachingC.W., Librarian
I have made changes to how I schedule trainings based on what I learned from this course.A.R., Tech Specialist
I really enjoyed learning about how students today are growing up in such a different culture! The text books and articles were very interesting.S.K., Reading Specialist
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
I thought the course was very informative. The content was interesting. Gained good insight on today's students.R.B., Social Studies Teacher
It was very practical and beneficial.A.F.
It really gave me a fresh perspective to consider the way our students' minds work in light of their longstanding and ongoing exposure to technology.M.S., Reading Specialist
I was intrigued by the research that shows how today's students are neurologically different because of the presence of technology in their lives. The research does not lie, we need to implement different tactics to reach today's students.M.H., Math Teacher
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.