They come to the media center carrying their laptops to plan and schedule; they frequently stop by to reserve a video projector for a PowerPoint presentation. They're impressed with the amount of technology available to today's kids, and many say they didn't have good access in their own high schools. Their eyes light up when they share early memories of playing Oregon Trail and Number Munchers. Meet Generation Tech, the first generation of "digitally native" teachers—those born after 1980—to work in our schools.
Much has been written about the challenges "digital immigrant" teachers—those of us who've come later to technology—face as we work with digitally native students. But what's it like to work with digitally native teachers? I've noticed some consistencies among this first generation of educators to grow up with technology. This article reflects insights from other media specialists and educators as well as my own personal experiences working with new teachers and innumerable university students each year.
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