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A new breed of employee is entering the Irish workplace, and according to some commentators they’re set to radically change not only the way we do business, but the way we teach it.
Young workers today are the first generation that has grown up in a “wired” world. From birth they’ve been surrounded by technology: by computers, mobile phones, the internet, e-mail, instant messaging and more. They’ve grown up with it, watching it evolve and accepting it seamlessly into every facet of their lives. It’s changed the way they think – and by extension the way they learn.
According to international education consultant and author Marc Prensky this generation of technophiles – a group he dubs “Digital Natives” – has a tremendous amount to offer employers, who should be looking to harness their unique talents.
“This generation is better than any before at absorbing information and making decisions quickly, as well as at multitasking and parallel processing. In contrast, people age 30 or older are ‘digital immigrants’ because they can never be as fluent in technology as a native who was born into it,” he explains.