"The world has changed, as have the learners that schools are responsible for educating. . . Students are engaged in their digital worlds, and they are learning without us." These words, written by Sheninger the author of this article really helped to illuminate my current quandary as a building leader. The iGenerationers, the Millennials, the Generation Y's (or whichever name you choose to characterize the new digital student of today) are increasingly growing bored in our classrooms and want more out of their education.
I am grateful to have read this article! The information gleaned from each page served as sort of a "self initiated professional development" training. The article defined key terms, described various electronic tools and mentioned some initial systemic changes that could easily be integrated into my current practice. As I continued to read the article, I was shocked at the amount of mobile and technology devices that have entered into our world and how quickly schools must adapt or risk losing a generation of learners. The staggering data is validation that we must all mount the technology wave and begin to ride the wide ocean of the internet. In reading The Evolving Educational Landscape, I realize now, more than ever that school leaders must fully understand the type of learner they are educating and fast. Schools can no longer use an Atari type approach to instruct an Xbox mind.