Changing Perceptions

Readings and Reflection

The F Pattern
This week's reading is a hand-out created by Ian Jukes focusing on the attributes of a digital learner. The article is entitled "Attributes of Digital Learners." Jukes begins by pointing out that kids today are very different, not just physically but neurologically. Today's youth have brains that are constantly being rewired and adapting to our changing world. Jukes refers to this as hyperlinked minds because students are always creating new thinking patterns. Jukes also outlines some specific changes that affect the ways 21st century students process information. Traditionally, students have read information using a Z pattern that moved from left to right. The digital learner uses an F pattern which mimics the way that kids play video games and surfs the web. The picture to the right uses magnetic imaging scans to show how 21st century students read a text. It is important for teachers to keep the F pattern in mind when designing engaging reading materials for students. Today's students also prefer different styles of text. Older generations are accustomed to black text on white backgrounds and find it difficult to read text in any other colour. The digital learner prefers
blood red or pink text. Digital learners do not respond well to text-based homework but would rather experiences that repeat what has been learned. 90-120 minutes after the initial learning digital learners want to participate in an activity that reviews the information. Jukes goes on to review the eight preferences of digital learners which I have outlined in Week 1. All of the information Jukes outlines in the article is very important for teachers to consider in the classroom.

Multimedia Presentations

This week the class had the opportunity to create multimedia presentations that focused on the 21st century learner and technology that can be used in the classroom. The presentations were very well done, entertaining and informative. Below is our presentation about 21st century students and how they learn. To make the presentation we used a variety of software including Comic Life, iMovie (Video and Picture), Garageband, Digital Camera. The presentation examines attributes of the 21st century learning and different technologies that can be integrated in the classroom.

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1. Digital Learners are neurologically different. Their brains are constantly rewiring themselves to keep up with today's culture.
2. Today's students read text using a F pattern. They also prefer red and pink text rather than black.
3. There are many different ways to make entertaining and interesting multimedia presentations.