Thursday, November 24, 2011

0 learning styles & technology *** Week 9

There are various learning styles, which are active, reflective, sensing, intuitive, visual, verbal, sequential and global. Those learning styles affect our teaching effectiveness. When integrating technology into teaching, we have to keep that in mind. Teachers should design activities which can help various learning styles. There are many technologies available on the internet, which are suitable for different learning styles.
Students can use powerful tools, such as word processors, music synthesizers, video,cameras, audio recorders, and scanners to make professional-quality products. Students can use computer-based tools to demonstrate their problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills interactively.

Students can create documents together, because the computer makes it easy for them to share and display data, comment on drafts, keep records of other's comments, and
integrate the comments into current drafts.
Students can collect information from different content areas in its "native" form – charts, pictures, text, or numbers – and create integrated product or multimedia presentation.
Students can use computer-based tools to develop their visual, kinesthetic, aural, and oral skills. Students can interact with the technology at their own pace, and review when necessary, to ensure understanding or check memory. Students with physical disabilities can use computers with adaptive devices so that they can participate fully with their classmates.

My new goal in this class will be to try to use the technology in my real life teaching in the 1st grade immersion room. I am excited to try to introduce blogs to my students.
Here is a link a professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities.


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