For most of our students, it is hard to imagine communicating without email or text message. The number of ways our students learn, share, and communicate has grown exponentially in the last few years. Each generation has sought to make the transfer of information faster and more efficient than the generation before them but the world today is changing at a faster and more immediate pace than at any time in our history. New technologies like Amazon’s Alexa, Merge Cubes, and Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program will be the next generation’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The nature of voice technology allows for screen-free interactions and gives students much needed life-skills practice in the areas of forming questions and focused listening. Augmented and Virtual Reality enables students to learn by doing, which increases student engagement and helps with retention and enhances learning outcomes.
As our graduates walk across the stage in a few weeks, it will not only mark the end of their high school career, it will also mark an end of the millennial generation in our schools. There are conflicting opinions about the actual age range, but most agree “millennials” are those born between 1980 and 2000, meaning the Class of 2018 is the last high school graduating class of this generation.