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Perspectives: Global

Vol 16 No 2 (2018)

How Millennials Learn: The Use of the Internet in the School Library

Submitted
May 6, 2019
Published
May 6, 2019

Abstract

Most students in secondary school today are born after the year 2000. They may be categorised as Millennial Generation (Carter, 2009), Generation Z, or Post-Millennial. They are the children of Generation Y, or might have parents who are Millennial. Internet technology has been available to them since a young age. Most Post-Millennials have interacted with the internet since a very young and are comfortable using technology. They use technology to interact with others through social media, to communicate with other through texting, instant messaging and email, to buy and sell through e-commerce channels and to search for information using search engines.

To be able to facilitate and improve their learning, school librarians have to understand the character of this generation. This generation understands that technology has opened wider opportunities for them to learn about anything they like. They might still go to conventional schools, although some of them choose home-schooling or other alternative education pathways, but they learn many things independently. Information available on the internet, and their own networks, have helped them to accomplish this.