Defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 in the year 2014, the Millenial Generation comprises of 27% of the U.S. Total population. It's a group that's -- diverse; one quarter married; social media (81% on Facebook) users; nearly all are connected via a cell phone with texting capability.
As educators we need to know our constituents; we need to know how to better meet their needs; and we need to be prepared to deliver. What's the face of the 21st Century school look like? Are these institutions and it's teaching staff prepared to meet the needs of this generation of NEW parents? Most schools today use email and have a web site. But just having this capability doesn't mean it's being used to its fullest extent.
What's the face of the 21st Century school look like?
A 21st Century school is innovative. It's a place that promotes creativity, collaboration and blended learning. It embraces a sense of community. It challenges a students' depth of knowledge through analytical thinking and problem solving. And finally it prepares young adults for the future by advancing technological integration, developing digital citizenship and creating a quality personal portfolio. If this defines the future of education then our school staffs need to adapt to not only the needs of their students but also the needs of their parents.
Remind101 is FREE. It's a platform that allows anyone to receive texts from you. Using a randomly created phone number you're able to send a message. Messages are one way -- they can't reply to it, only receive it. The message can be sent from any device using the Remind101 app or from their website on a laptop or desktop computer. You're also able to send a message to one person, a small group, as well as, to everyone. We've been using this product (thanks to the recommendation of @blocht574) and found it to be a tremendous asset to our ability to communicate, facilitate and differentiate with our parents and students. Remind101 is a must use application. Try it -- you'll regret not giving it a chance later.
Remind101 - iPad app or for the iPhone
"The Changing American Family" by Natalie Angier. NY Times. 23 November 2013.
Pew Research: Social and Demographic Trends. 7 March 2014.