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1 Voices from the Past Students in the Present Creating a Future Jennifer Womble, nbct Lawton Chiles High School

2 Voices From the Past The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ---Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933 And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country. ---John F. Kennedy, 1961 No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ---Eleanor Roosevelt, 1960

3 What is a generation? A grouping of people, typically by birth years, that are defined by the historical and sociological experiences they have shared Howe & Strauss, Millennials Rising

4 Defining the Generations Four major generations are currently at play (war?) in the academic world: Silent – born 1925-1942 Boomers – born 1943-1960 Gen-Xers – born 1961-1980 Millennials – born post-1980

5 Who are the Silent Generation? Introspective, intellectual, suffocated children of war and depression Famous Silents: Colin Powell, Walter Mondale, Woody Allen, Martin Luther King, Jr., Sandra Day OConnor, Elvis Presley Stuck between the get-it-done G.I.s and the self- absorbed Boomers

6 Who are Boomers? Defining events include the birth of television, the Civil Rights Movement, and fiscal prosperity Also deaths of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King; the Vietnam war and related protests; and the Watergate scandal Boomers value health and wellness, personal growth, and involvement

7 Who are Gen-Xers? Characterized by an economic and psychological "survivor" mentality Grew up very quickly amid rising divorce rates, latchkeys, violence and low expectations The Challenger explosion, AIDS, hostage crises, Desert Storm, Nike (Just Do It!) Independent, skeptical of authority, cautious in their commitments

8 Who are Millennials? Result of a backlash against hands-off parenting – a protected (coddled?) generation Columbine, Power Rangers, cell phones, DVDs, and 9-11 Assumed technological savvy --polyfocal Multi-Taskers Theyre the most numerous, affluent, and ethnically diverse generation in American history. - Strauss

9 Howe and Strauss, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation Published in 2000 Born after 1982 Compare to Boomers, Gen X, the Silent Generation Events: Gulf War, soccer, the Unabomber, Michael Jordon, LA Riots, cloning, Britney Spears, Clinton, Kosovo, 9/11, Bush v. Gore, the Internet

10 Achieving and Brighter High achievement motivation Todays elementary school kids are performing much better than kids did ten or fifteen years ago. Teamwork, good behavior, citizenship They report that, compared to their older siblings, more is being expected of themless free time, more homework, more scheduled activities.

11 Civic-Minded Focused on doing good for the community 78 per cent performed community service during senior year (2001) Service Learning Hands-on outlook

12 Conventional Believe in conventional social rules Tradition is important Attracted to more formal, traditional programs and learning environments Generation of hope

13 Consumers Look for the best value Shop around Expect to be treated as valued customers Customer service is important

14 Open-Minded More valuing of diversity: of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender Reject discrimination in any form Diversity part of previous life experiences Internationally minded

15 Optimistic Upbeat Believes one person can make a difference Future-oriented Believe they will be successful and earn lots of money

16 Rule-Followers Nurtured and sheltered from harm by parents Either/Or, black and white orientation about rules Compare with acceptance of diversity

17 Parentally Influenced Seeking mentors Babies on Board, Have You Hugged Your Child Today Generation Pagers, cell phones, parental notification rules -- tethered Rise of parents clubs

18 Technologically Savvy Voicemail, E-Mail, JPEGS, MPEGS, MP3s CDs, DVDs, VCRs, IM, Internet, Chat How to apply technology for educational purposes, not just entertainment

19 Stessed and Overwhelmed Rise in stress during freshmen year Conflict of jobs, classes, activities Lots of financial concerns, keeping up with the Joneses Status is important Relationships

20 Team Oriented Millennials gravitate toward group activities Group membership is rising


22 Who Are Todays Students? Millennial Generation Born between 1976-2000. Almost 100 million young adults between 0-24 years old (2000). Largest generation (36% of total population). 31% are minorities; more diverse than the adult population. Have come of age along with the Internet. Information has been universally available and free to them. Community is a digital place of common interest, not just a shared physical space. 60% of 2002 teens feel that it is harder to be a young person today than in their parents day, compared to 35% of 1966 teens feeling the same way.

23 Millennials Feel Theyre Unique

24 Family is Important 91% of students felt they have at least one family member they can confide in. If they could, 50% of students would spend more time with their family. 74% get along with their parents extremely or very well. When picking one person as a role model, 44% of students pick a family member.

25 Are Ambitious 88% of students report that attending college is critical or very important to future success. 94% plan to continue their education after high school. 90% feel being personal satisfied is very important for success; 81% include close family relationships.

26 Education Beliefs 91% of students have a teacher/administrator who personally cares about their success. 60% of students report that standardized tests are a good measure of progress.

27 Interested in World and Community 76% of students would like to learn more about the world. 28% of high school students use a foreign news source to learn about current events. After September 11, 2001, 78% of students felt optimistic and hopeful. Two years later, 75% still look toward a future with optimism and hope. 70% of students report volunteering or participating in community service.

28 Have Substantial Purchasing Power In 2002, teens (ages 12-19) spent $170 billion. 15.6 million college students (ages 18-30) spend almost $200 billion annually. Two out of three students report influencing their parents buying decisions. 20% of teens own stock.

29 Millennials are perhaps most defined by the way they have grown up with technology.

30 Internet Use by Age

31 Teen Access to Technologies

32 Even Young Children 72% of all first graders used a home computer during the summer on a weekly basis. Over 85% of young children with home computers used them for educational purposes. By 1999, 97% of kindergartners had access to a computer at school or home. 35% of children ages 2-5 use the Internet from any location.

33 Internet is Medium of Choice Of 6-17 year olds, 2 million kids have a website65% are female. Children and teenagers use computers and the Internet more than any other age group. Ninety percent (90%) of children between the ages of 5 and 17 use computers. In 2003, the time spent with the Internet exceeded the time spent with TV for ages 13-24.

34 Teens and young adults are searching for independence and control, and the Internet gives it to them like no other media can. Millennials vividly expressed excitement, freedom, immediacy, and most of all control over their experience – where they go, what they learn, what they buy, whom they talk to, and how they live their lives. Yahoo: Born to Be Wired

35 Online Teens 71% of online teens say they relied mostly on Internet sources for the last big project they did for school. 94% of online teens report using the Internet for school-related research. 74% of online teens use instant messaging. 24% of online teens have created their own Web pages. The number of children ages 4 to 18 who own at least one wireless device (e.g. cell phones, PDAs) grew from 32% in 2002 to 43% in 2003. 13% of those age 7 and under own a wireless device

36 Parents of Online Teens 87% of parents believe the Internet helps their children in school; 78% of teens agree. 64% of online teens say they know more about the Internet than their parents and 66% of parents agree. 40% of parents have had an argument about the Internet with their children.

37 Digital Natives Children are native to cyberspace, and we, as adults, are immigrants. - Douglas Rushkoff

38 Send e-mail Surfing around/seeing what is out there Looking up musical groups and artists Chatting with friends online Doing homework or research Listening to music Using instant messaging Checking movies, TV, or concert listings Reading the news or magazines online Playing online games Meeting people who share interests Watching streaming videos Exchanging own creative work with friends Buying stuff Participating in online auctions What they do online 100% 98% 95% 93% 92% 90% 89% 84% 81% 80% 77% 70% 69% 61% 38%

39 Millennials Want to Learn… With technology With one another Online In their own time In their own place Doing things that matter

40 Kids are still reading… Harry Potter sales broke all publishing industry records. Fastest selling book in history (5 million in first 24 hours). 80 million: Harry Potter books sold in the United States, or 1 for every 3.6 people, or 5 for every 9- to 12-year-old. 896: number of pages in Order of the Phoenix 255,000: number of words in Order of the Phoenix 55: Languages in which the Harry Potter books have been published in 200 countries. $444 million: Estimated wealth of author J.K. Rowling $397 million: Estimated wealth of the Queen of England

41 Millennials influence the present and are the future. Pay close attention to them, as their usage of media influences other demographic groups and they literally represent the world to come. Yahoo: Born to Be Wired

42 Your Challenge Use your D.A.T.A. to Create our Future! Desire Abilities Temperament Assets Inspire, Continue to Learn, Passion, Initiate Change, Lead

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