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E-Learning in PreK-3: What happens when Gen X designers create online tutorials for Gen Z learners?

, University of Arizona - South Campus, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Today our PreK-3 students are comprised of Generation Z children who were born into a technology rich society. As a benefit to the technology affordances there are many learning opportunities associated with the technology that enhances the critical learning processes taking place in the classrooms and within their everyday lives. One specific technology with potential benefit to the teaching and learning process is tutorial-based software and online modules. Unfortunately, there are many inattentively designed tutorials, especially for the PreK-3 student audience. One contributing factor may be the disconnect between generations in this highly digital age. Another may be misunderstanding by the older media designers with the learning and developmental process characteristic of the younger learners. This paper will analyze a common issue encountered by PreK-3 learners when they attempt to learn from e-learning tutorials.


Arnold, S. (2017). E-Learning in PreK-3: What happens when Gen X designers create online tutorials for Gen Z learners?. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1260-1264). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 22, 2019 from .


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