Preparing Gen "Y's" to Teach Gen "Y's"

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Conference Proceeding

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Publication Title

Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009




The majority of today's preservice teachers who are currently enrolled in colleges of education are members of Generation "Y." As we prepare future Generation “Y” teachers to meaningfully integrate technology into the curriculum, we need to determine which generational characteristics we should accommodate and which characteristics might not serve them well as future teachers. In addition, these preservice teachers will be entering a workforce that has many barriers that prevent successful integration of technology into the classroom. This presentation will address the differences posed by the needs of both future teachers as well as the students they will serve as they enter the P-12 classroom. In addition, this presentation will identify some of the forces that will have a negative impact on preservice teachers’ ability to integrate current technology into the classroom and suggest strategies to bridge the generations within our schools.