1. Engaging Next Generation Learners
2. the twitch response
The students we are teaching in our classrooms are changing and
arguably the most profound changes are seen in the way students
engage with the emergent language we loosely define as digital
culture. This paper explores my notion of the "twitch response" in
these learners and the effect this has on the manner in which
educators need to engage and empower youth audiences; but more
importantly the modality in which we become digital readers and
transcend traditional concepts of the text.
4. what is the twitch response?
firstly what is the twitch response?
fast twitch fibres are responsible for the speed of muscular
contraction, and a fast twitch response is the ability of a muscle to
rapidly contract to a specific distance over a short period of time.
5. what is the twitch response?
fast twitch fibres in muscles are established via training and
adaptation to trigger like responses ie the wrist snap in racquet sports
activities that promote twitch augmentation are learned and can be
harnessed by specific training.
6. what is the twitch response?
the twitch response is commonly used in game-play and refers to how
rapidly a player can respond to stimulus from within the game.
think of this in how rapidly a game console sequence can be actioned
to shoot or kill an opponent.
while originally coined to describe trained rapid response in
musculature the same concepts can be applied to net gen reading/
7. new gen readers
we are dealing with a different reader. this generation demands/
• dynamic immersive experiences
• texts that enable them to be innovative and creative
• immediate feedback – including opportunity for engagement and debate
• some of the languages are unique to the medium.
Becta has published major new research into the use of Web 2.0
technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking, by children
between the ages of 11-16, both in and out of the school environment.
The reports found that young learners are prolific users of Web 2.0
technologies in their leisure time but that the use of Web 2.0 in the
classroom was limited. However, schools and teachers who are
innovating in this area have found benefits, such as:
Web 2.0 helps to encourage student engagement and increase
participation – particularly among quieter pupils, who can use it to
work collaboratively online, without the anxiety of having to raise
questions in front of peers in class – or by enabling expression through
less traditional media such as video.
Teachers have reported that the use of social networking technology
can encourage online discussion amongst students outside school.
Web 2.0 can be available anytime, anywhere, which encourages some
individuals to extend their learning through further investigation into
topics that interest them.
Pupils feel a sense of ownership and engagement when they publish
their work online and this can encourage attention to detail and an
overall improved quality of work. Some teachers reported using
publication of work to encourage peer assessment.
The research also found that over half of teachers surveyed believe
that Web 2.0 resources should be used more often in the classroom.
However, the majority of teachers questioned had never used Web 2.0
applications in lessons, despite being frequent users of technology in
their personal and professional lives. Their main concerns involved a
lack of time to familiarise themselves with the technology and worries
about managing the use of the internet in class
so what is this new world of technology driving us toward?
if we ascribe to the research of Josh Bernhoff and Charlene Li we are on
the cusp of a user generated revolution
15. groundswell and social technographics
charlene li and josh bernoff from forrester research have coined the
term groundswell in their book of the same name
snakes on a plane is a key example of groundswell
a key part of groundswell is the development of the social
technographic profile and the ladder of participation.
17. groundswell and social technographics
a key element of the net gen is their engagement as social beings
the net gen is arguably the most socially connected generation in
related to the social technographic ladder of li and bernoff is nina
simon’s graphical representation of engagement time for web 2.0
18. Nina Simon
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