Bridging the Gap: Integrating Technology in the Multi-Generational Classroom

By Betty Pinkerton, CST, Surgical Technology Theory/Clinical Instructor at North-West College, West Covina, California

Teaching post-secondary vocational education is exciting, rewarding and challenging. An increase in multiple generations enrolled in the same class can challenge educators to reach and support each generation effectively; however, technology can serve as the bridge to connect the generations.

When working in a multi-generation classroom, the assumption that older generations dislike technology should be rejected. While younger generations may be more quick to use such technology, accessing information and communicating through digital platforms has increasingly become the new norm for all. According to