The iGeneration population has grown up multi-tasking. They are used to constant stimulation: working on homework while watching a video and simultaneously surfing and texting. The research used indicated that they still complete the tasks and without errors, but it does take them longer. This is difficult for educators (and parents) to understand because this is not how their brain is “wired.” Despite the positives to implement changes in education and the way we teach, there are also some barriers. For example, even though the book indicated that everyone has a cell phone, we still occasionally have students that don’t have one or they have an older one (although this can be solved by pairing them up). What about those students that don’t have internet service at home? How is it handled when they don’t have their assignment ready because of the challenges with technology? What about those students who prefer to use their technology for other reasons (i.e., watch YouTube videos instead of the TED Talk that was assigned)?
Yes, there are positives and negatives to changing up the classroom with technology. With a little bit of work and ingenuity, those negatives become fewer and a much better learning environment is made for today’s type of student.