Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Motivating the Millennials

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Motivating the Millennials

Article excerpt

Teachers today face a daunting task. Outside our classrooms, students are awash in sensory experiences. They spend time checking Facebook, playing video games, texting, and tweeting. They watch three-dimensional movies, YouTube videos, and on-demand HD TV. Add to this the usual teenage dramas of friendship and dating, sports, music, and extracurricular activities, and you might find yourself asking: How do I compete with all that?

One possible answer is to engage these "millennials"--those born between roughly 1980 and 2000--with pop culture in the classroom. Movie clips, music, graphic images, animations, newspaper and magazine articles, and other types of popular media are all potential sources of student engagement (see, for example, the Blickenstaff and Siegel articles on pp. 42 and 47).

Another way to motivate today's students is to find the solution within the problem. Though digital media can be distracting, it can also be used to support learning. Why not use these resources in the classroom? Set up a website for your class and social networking tools related to course material. Capitalize on students' interest in video games by employing educational ones. Show YouTube videos that explain science concepts in an engaging way (see "On the web")--or have students produce their own. Create a class blog or wiki to discuss lab results or homework assignments. Have students create podcasts or interactive educational video games. These and other evolving technologies can engage students (see the Goldenberg article on p. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.