The Millennial Generation: Using Web 2.0 Technology to Support Meaningful Learning

ID: 33383 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Albert Akyeampong, Ohio University, United States

Thursday, March 10 12:10-12:30 PM Location: Two Rivers

Presider: Lee Langub, Kennesaw State University, United States

Abstract: The Millennial Generation also known as Digital Natives refers to those born between 1981 and 1999 (Lancaster&Stillman, 2002). The commonly access to and use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) have provided Millennial Generation with more information than any generation in history, thus, the environment that Millennials must navigate is more complex. Millennials are more familiar with, comfortable with and curious about emerging technologies (Considine, Horton & Mooreman, 2009). Howe and Strauss (2000, 2003) hold a positive opinion of this new generation as optimistic, team-oriented achievers who are talented with technology, and claim they will be America’s next ‘great generation’. Those differences between this generation and previous ones are so significant that the nature of education itself must fundamentally change to accommodate the skills and interests of these ‘digital natives’ (Prensky, 2001). The author recommends using web 2.0 tools to help support meaningful learning.

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