It was the year 2010 that marks the start of the existence of the now-known Generation Alpha, also called as generation glass, the iGeneration, or the global generation. These young individuals are the children of generation X and generation Y. Furthermore, youngsters from this classification is viewed to be the first of recent generations that will definitely live into the twenty-second century and to be the most technologically literate generation thus far.
In terms of learning, the Generation Alpha students show vastly different ways of learning through varying formats in different environments. This is rooted to the
continuously evolving cultures and traditions of the society, creating unclear learning patterns among the students.
For better comparisons, if Baby boomers are known to sit in quiet rows of desks, and the learning was very formal and structured, with the Gen-Alpha, classes shall be more of free-flowing. If gen-Xers did more group work with a more relaxed and interactive learning process, the Gen-Alpha is more pro-active, wanting actions to be done in a creative and innovative way. If Millennials were taught using multisensory and multimodal methodologies, and generation Z has moved into learner-centered approaches with kinesthetic opportunities and interactive furniture and spaces, our Gen-Alpha kids would need a combination of all, but with the modern technology as the medium for teaching.
Being the most technologically literate generation in all of human history, this generation is going to undergo some very crucial changes. For one thing, what do you expect from learners who are about to live, if not majority, a pretty big portion of their lives in the online world? What will we do with those learners who already thrive with online learning opportunities? And what will we do with those learners who become perfectly comfortable with virtual connections but don’t necessarily do well with physical human interactions? You can’t just throw them in a one room once the pandemic finally ends and hope for the best. Expect that the way it’s always been done before isn’t going to work anymore. And so parental guidance by feeding them with every-now-and-then of good morals and right conduct would still come very handy.
We can’t continue to analyze and plan for action; WE JUST NEED TO ACT. As of now, we’re just considering generation Z’s needs, while using generation X’s resources, and baby boomers’ content while working on with generation Alpha’s divergent learning processes.