Link: Beloit College.
Someone pointed this out on the ADE listserv today, and I'm proud to say that it's the invention of two people from my alma mater. It has become a back to school tradition and an interesting lens for examining today's students. The most interesting piece for me is that this year's college freshman class comes from "a generation that has always been 'connected' and is used to things happening in 'real time', like live satellite coverage of revolutions and wars, instant messaging and movies on demand, " according to Professor Tom McBride. The other item that stands out to me in light of my recent travels to Berlin is that for this group, there has always been one Germany. At some point in the timeline of generations, I think most adults lose sight of what it's like to be a young adult and I like how this list tries to give a frame of reference to educators. In order to reach and teach your students, you have to understand where they are coming from.
Personally, the yearly list reminds me of how I have benefitted from my Beloit education. I'm especially excited because I'll be visiting there next month to celebrate the retirement of my college tennis coach and Beloit professor who's been there for 40 years!