I am not a millennial…however my life contains assorted devices and I know how to use them. I am also an educator and have been one for 30 years. I am an early childhood specialist, actually. I have used computers in my classroom in various ways since Mac Classics were born.
I don’t agree that the world is based on technology and knowing how to work it. These things are tools.
I don’t think that schools having lots of tablets in class translates to this is how we can know things are educational. There are some pretty clueless practitioners in some schools as well as textbooks that keep people in the dark about how the world actually works. And if you see it on youtube, or even TED, it does not make it true.
I agree that some folks get a little over zealous about banning screens and other things or not allowing them. I also think that there is scientific evidence that informs us about early brain development needing three dimensional world feedback and stimulus to grow well.
I think that people can figure things out-how to use these devices as tools to use safely and creatively, as resources, or to assist daily efficiency…. and not as if the whole world is based on them. It would be sad to live inside of virtual worlds.
Further..Millennials have been labeled wrong. They are not narcissistic and lazy. I have worked in the classroom as mentor to assorted millennials. This is a smart, caring, involved and hardworking generation who have much to deal with and so much to offer. I have been thrilled to meet them, learn from them and have been so glad they have come.