This is week 9 already. How can I possibly believe that time has passed so quickly? Now our amazing course is at the ending point and I am already missing every part of it. I remember about week 1 when I was busy trying to figure out most of the course contents and wondering about the new colleagues I met in this course. Although we are attending distance course from different parts of the world, technology tools make us closer to have real communication and make learning possible everywhere.
This week is the busiest week for me. The year-end examination was held and I had to do corrections for students’ paper to meet mark sheets deadline. At the same time, I was working hard for my final project report. I am really happy and relieved that all the works have done on time and proud of me for working hard as well as upgrading my profession in my best. We discussed about “Technology and Learning Styles” this week. This was also another important and wonderful discussion topic for every teacher. Since we all know that different people learn in different ways, it is essential for teachers to take into account of different learning styles when designing the lessons. There is not one best teaching method that will work for all learners and all we have to do is teaching with a variety of activities that match with the student different learning styles. We should also keep in mind that students’ learning can be hindered when student learning styles and teaching styles do not match. Therefore, do not limit your teaching style to one method instead you had better incorporate various teaching strategies in your teaching. When talking about learning styles, many teachers think of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner says that people acquire knowledge in seven different ways and that they have competencies in each of the seven intelligences but are dominant in one. Currently, Gardner has identified nine intelligences.
In this website about “Technology and Multiple Intelligences”, it describes that as teachers, it is crucial for us to understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses in each intelligence so that we can help students become more successful. I admit that it is challenging for me to meet each student preference learning styles in the class. I am still trying my best to teach with a variety of activities in order to help every student shine with their abilities. I have also learned that there are many ways technology can help meet the needs of various learning styles. Have a look at some of the following examples from the article “Do Technology Based Lessons Meet the Needs of Student Learning Styles?”
There are many programs that help students write or play music. Music is often used in computer programs to get attention or interest.
Logical-Mathematical:There are a variety of computer programs that teach logic and critical thinking skills, even in game formats which can be motivating to students. There are many drill and practice type programs that give experience in a variety of areas in math.
Graphics programs can help develop spatial perceptions and help develop creativity by allowing students to create their own designs. Browsing the Internet and organizing files, folders, and directories on a computer involve some spatial understanding.
Intrapersonal:One of the most important benefits of computer aided instruction is that it allows students to work at their own pace.
What marvelous ways to incorporate technology to meet different learning styles! Aren’t they? No one can deny that I had another great week learning all the new tips and ideas of teaching and learning. The last week is coming already! As usual, I am looking forward to it with full of joy, enthusiasm and commitment.