How do we recognise the GenZ/ GenDIY kids?
The rapid explosion of information technology over years, the widespread of internet, digital gadgets, smartphones, and pads have led to the creation of a new generation- This is the Gen Z. Both this generation and the GenDIY can be said to have been born into the digital era- they are the Millenials or the digital natives. They can learn and use technologies effortlessly. This has led to massive changes in how present-day education is conducted.
They are able to connect with peers across the world easily and hence are aware of most things including the opposite sex and music. You cannot get away with anything with them. They are intelligent and restless and possess a high sense of curiosity. They are born in the years from the 1990s to the present day. They have been exposed to a lot of things such as social media, the death of traditional forms of communication, the internet, smartphones, and other devices, texting language, emoticons.
They are also very responsible, motivated, and highly independent; determined to chart their own ways in life. They are more comfortable with differences than the earlier generations. Their inquisitiveness and need for stimulation possess an exciting challenge to traditional teaching systems and educators who have been used to just creating a stamped set of students. This generation needs stimulation.
What may benefit them?
Hence, interactive lessons using computers; opportunities to connect and socialize with their friends, and access to the internet are very important to them. Teachers will have to incorporate all these aspects when designing classes. They need to be surrounded by what they feel most comfortable with to enjoy their learning. This is technology. They are also change-makers and change-doers. Social media is vital to their lives. Mentors need to harvest this energy of theirs into efforts that would bring benefits for them and help them fulfill their potential.