Chessman is changed to the shadow of the crown. Idea concept

Since I (baby boomer) started playing netball when I was 5 years old in South Africa I always had a competitive streak in me. However that only meant I practised harder. I remember in high school I started shooting 100 goals a day and at University I challenged myself to shoot 100 goals in a row or I will have to start from scratch. I worked hard and strived to at least be good at what I’m doing, if not being a winner. After I had my lovely daughter (Gen Z) and had sent her to school I learned that teachers were talking about participation and not about winning. So when did this all change?

How do we engage Gen Z and keep their attention?

1. Gen Z is Tech-Savvy

It is no surprise that Gen Z is more tech-savvy than any other generation. Gen Z grew up watching media conglomerates build online platforms and create social media tools that are an integral part of their day-to-day living and choices they make.

2. Gen Z is risk-averse

Gen Z is significantly more risk-averse than previous generations, likely stemming from growing up during a period of economic uncertainty and unrest.

3. Gen Z is independent

Gen Z is accustomed to thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and rather be googling for more information than asking for advice. They want a balanced lifestyle but flexible to meet their needs.

4. Gen Z is competitive

They are willing to work hard at what they want. Gen Z’s competitiveness doesn't just fuel their drive to succeed but they are very aware of promotions and recognition.

This weeks’ featured article’

Meet Kai at one of the following events.

Computational Thinking for All, Meet Commitment Makers

May 14, 10 am Pacific Standard Time

Interface XPO 2021 (workshops at each event delivered by teachers)

Christchurch – 21 May at Lincoln Event Centre

Wellington – 25 May at Lower Hutt Events Centre

Auckland – 27 May at Trust Arena

 Interactive Breakout Session:

 EDT: Friday, June 4 @ 6:15p – 7:55p

NZST: Saturday, June 5 @ 10:15a – 11:55

 Informational Breakout Session with Live Q&A:

EDT: Saturday, June 5 @ 4:50p – 5:35p

NZST: Saturday, June 6 @ 8:50a – 9:35a

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