Publication Type: Web Article
Year of Publication: 2007
On Teachers.net, Harry Wong introduces the concept of Gen Y and offers an explanation for how to most effectively develop their characteristics in new teachers:
"Born from 1977 to 1986, Generation Y, or the Millennials, is a potential force of as many as 40 million. The first wave of Gen Ys is just now embarking on their careers as classroom teachers.
They are products of a global economy, a connected, collaborative environment in which technology has allowed them to network. They are knowledge workers with ubiquitous access to powerful laptops and the know how to utilize 21st century technology and digital resources.
They are socially adept at working in groups or teams and are avid users of online social networking, such as MySpace and FaceBook. A learning community is their forte, thus to work collaboratively in a group is second nature to them."