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Educating Millennial Students: A Challenge for Educators
(by Arlene D. Ramos  10/12/2017)

Students nowadays spend more time scrolling their gadgets rather than reading and studying their lessons. They know the latest trends in fashion, showbiz among other stuff compare to subjects that could impound their knowledge. Thus, as observe, they want information in a dash and easily irritated when bombarded by school tasks that requires thorough studying, which resulted for them being shallow, and their critical and creative thinking has at risks.

Accordingly, educators like us must be able to address the apparent lost of interest of our students because of the rapid rising of information overload. Students could easily get information in a click that makes them feel knowledgeable compare to their teachers. Their classroom is now the virtual world which could lead them to misconceptions because not everything uploaded in the web could be considered as factual.

As educators, we are facing with challenges that impose by modernization. The world continually changes, so do we. Adopting new learning approach is not compulsory though but necessary if we really want to maximize learning opportunities for our students. It is therefore sensible to consider making changes from time to time in our field as educators.

Bridging the GAP

Conventional approach in teaching has been widely practice especially in public schools. It is known as the traditional way wherein teachers are commonly be guided by the textbook. The teachers are usually the source of information. It encourages interactive learning but the students are seldom to appreciate this approach especially at this age of selfies.

Attention deficit highly occur during the learning process because modern students are more visually oriented for they want to grasp information easily. Since they are now visually oriented, they more prepare that the information must be packaged aesthetically. They are bored jotting down notes, instead they are highly motivated if the information presented is in a condense manner and wrap it up with attractive learning aides.

In other countries, or higher level education in our country, we now consider the use of ICTs materials such as power point or others. It is because such materials provide catchy learning approach compare to conventional teaching materials. In non conventional, the students are also educating their fellows while the teachers are only facilitating the flow of information and making sure that presented facts at the class are true or valid. The students are encouraged to be self-learner, and through the use of the web they collate information thus presented it in the class.

Such approach in learning is considered effective. Students are encouraged to use the web for educational purposes thus teaching the students to be responsible in their learning although not disregarding the roles of the teachers.


Modern Education is NOT a Privilege

As we become self-reliant in the use of ICTs, and using such has have economic related issues, we are accessible using of web for learning purposes, students perform better but the downside is there is also widening gap between students who have access in the web and those who are not.

Inaccessible of some school especially in remote areas brings knowledge gap for the world needs human force that is knowledgeable in virtual world. That makes modern education a privilege.

Any kind of education must not be a privilege. Education must be for all no matter what your economic status in life.

To end with, using conventional and non-conventional is highly encouraged in teaching millenials. Both aim to impound knowledge and prepare them to be globally competitive.

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