Skills for the 21st Century

Cognitive and Literacy Skills for Success in a Fast-Paced Technological Age

Teaching Youth/Millenials Webinar Readings

Teaching Youth/Millennials:
Implications from Generational Research Webinar

Facilitated by: Duren Thompson, Beth Ponder and Bill McNutt
from the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment

Required Pre-Readings:
Please at least skim these two online articles before the webinar being held the week of September 24th.

1)  Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations: Traditionalists, Boomers, X’ers And Nexters 

2)  A portrait of Generation “Next”: How Young people View their Lives, Futures, and Politics (Jan, 2009)

Please feel free to post a reflection or reaction to the readings as a comment to this page.

NOTE:  If you have not yet completed the online survey for your webinar, you can find it here:

Florida TechNet Webinar: September 24th, 2012 from 2- 3:30pm – DUE Sept 23rd 


LINCS RPDC III Webinar: September 27th, 2012 from 2- 3:30pm


For questions about this webinar, this page, or the online survey, please contact
Duren Thompson  


5 Responses to “Teaching Youth/Millenials Webinar Readings”

  1. Paula DuBois said

    I agree with the characteristics defined in Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations article. I could really identify myself within the description of the Bay Boomers and could envision my parents in the Traditionalists description. I wasn’t that familiar with Generation Y, but after reading about their values thought it pretty much described my nieces and nephews. I think knowing a little bit more about these other generations and what is important to them can help teachers make class more engaging to them. Then they will want to learn and come to class.

    I am a Baby Boomer. I did see some characteristics among the Traditionalists and the Generation Xers that I felt I supported as well. I believe this to be only normal because for the, most part, I am definitely a Baby Boomer.

  2. Valerie Sullivan said

    Last year, I had a class with an age range of seventeen to seventy-eight years. My younger students thought is was great that the older student was pretty computer savvy… she loved her email and Facebook. An age diverse group like that can be an eye opener especially for the the millenials.

  3. Kathleen Dacey said

    I’m definitely in the boomer category. Most of my students fall into Generation Y. I agree with them that e-mail is the easiest and quickest way to ask a question or communicate in-between class sessions. They do use the internet more for research and activate much more varied sources of information than previous generations.

    • After this seminar I understand now how difficult it is to foster a positive environment for immigrant with different ranges of ages, we have a class of different generations and the challenge of overcoming conflicts have being a little be difficult, I would like to create an inclusive learning environment, but still we need to know how to balance, time, technology and ability to overcome challenges that we face as educator.

  4. Both articles point out the main points about the generations in a way that offers insight into the similarities and differences. I agree with much of what is presented in the articles and especially with the use of humor that is mentioned in the first article. If the younger generation is the one to dominate the Adult Ed scene, then I believe we need to keep up with the times by finding ways to connect (and stay connected) with this generation. I like that they are optimistic! 🙂

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