Resourcing Gen Alpha
Resourcing Gen Alpha
Katey Street, Senior Education Manager at Kimberlin Education
Born since 2010, Generation Alpha are the children of Millennials. They are the most digitally knowledgeable, activistic, entrepreneurial, liberal and tech-minded generation there has ever been – and they’re not afraid to tell the world what they want. These students are fast filling up modern classrooms (with the oldest members about to enter high school) and their educators are updating teaching styles to accommodate the needs of this generation. Read on to find out more about the ‘youth of today’ and how you can best teach them about their world:
What do Generation Alpha want?
- Gen Alpha are being taught by their Millennial parents that financial freedom comes from being business owners with multiple streams of passive income and therefore we are seeing more young entrepreneurs highlighted in inspirational Forbes articles than ever before. These kids want to solve societal problems, find niches for creative solutions and share their POV with the world – and get paid for it!
- Paper and colourful pens no longer satisfy this tech-savvy age group when resourcing their learning: Gen Alpha are masters of the screen, with many using, and being proficient in, online coding and design tools from a very young age.
- This age group are more aware than ever of the world in which they live, and are not happy with it! Gen Alpha are environmental activists and they expect their idols and leaders to share these values.
What does this mean for me?
- Consider how to present your organisation’s current challenges to students as enterprise opportunities, design competitions or solution-focused activities. These kinds of flexible, student-led lessons are highly prized among modern educators and also provide greater opportunity to connect your brand in an authentic and purposeful way to the classroom.
- Which online tools or modern technology could you use to deliver your key learning outcomes? More and more we’re seeing teachers wanting access to digital resources, rather than ones you download, but at the same time there are limitations to the classroom environment. All of this needs to be taken into consideration when creating your education program.
- The opportunity to explore real-world issues can be really powerful for this age group as they continue to understand their place and agency in their world. Placing key learning objectives within a familiar context makes the outcome all the more meaningful to your audience.
- Audit your existing resources and consider how they appeal to Generation Alpha
- Understand more about what Gen Alpha needs for their preferred style of education
- Update your existing resources or create new resources that deliver meaningful opportunities for learning and connection for this age group
Don’t have the time or expertise? Contact Kimberlin Education and let us ensure your resources are engaging, meaningful and modern for the Next Generation!