Preparing Gen Z for the future

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 by Adobe Education Latest activity: Jun 28, 2017

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Generation Z is growing up in a world that looks completely different from the one their parents and teachers grew up in. To learn more about Gen Z, Adobe launched a study of over 1,000 students and 400+ of their teachers to find out how this generation thinks about creativity, technology and their futures beyond the classroom.

What do you think? How are you and your school or university preparing Gen Z for a rapidly changing future?

Comments (4)

Lauren Petiti

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 8:01:07 PM - Permalink

​We're a digital school. A lot of students struggle with turning in assignments on time and some have trouble focusing on assignments, but an even greater majority seem to be learning how to exist more in a digital world.

Mike Skocko

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 4:54:04 PM - Permalink

Love the longer version of the study. Especially interesting when teacher and student responses diverge. Right off the bat there's the perception of how creative each feels Gen Z is. Perhaps the teachers' perception is colored by the compliance factor. What I mean is, we, as teachers often ask for creative responses to prompts. What if our prompts constrain creative responses in ways we don't readily perceive?

Here's an example:

I'm about to "break" my classroom for the nth time in order to (hopefully) better prepare kids for the future. The idea is explained here and the details he​re. In short, we're going to turn the classroom into a digital arts foundry, create products, and sell them via online design marketplaces. The compliance factor—the creative constraints I placed on the kids—will be mitigated by the expanded creative options the kids will encounter.

I end the longer, more detailed post with an anecdote that may better explain the point I'm trying to make. Click this link, press Cmd/Ctrl + F, type ZIM, and you'll find the relevant section (you may have to hit return depending on your browser).


Your mileage may vary. Clean your perceptual filters for better results.

Peter French

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 9:04:07 PM - Permalink

​My students (grades 10-12) are currently developing their individual voices using Photoshop, Flash (we don't have Animate yet) and After Effects creating animated "self portraits". These are not animated images of themselves but illustrations and images of aspects of their lives that reveal elements of themselves. It is a way of expressing themselves that develops several literacies - basic digital literacies, story telling literacies, and conceptual skills that ranges from simple communications skills (the 10s) to more sophisticated skills (the 12s). After this the 12's will be creating a massive group project that addresses a fundamental need - equity for all in our modern culture. This will be an animation that uses a spoken word piece as the central core, voice over element which each student will "animate" in whichever fashion he or she wishes and those animations will then be compiled into a finished whole piece. Should be very exciting and mind changing because they will have to learn about all aspects of equity, address their own biases, and learn about the needs of others, on every level. They need to be aware of central global issues and they need to learn to articulate their thoughts about those issues. I am hoping that these projects will assist them in that process. It is a start. There are so many more possibilities.

Shelley Read

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 10:24:01 PM - Permalink

​Opportunity, exposure, engagement!