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Using Technology to Meet Learning Styles

Cross Curricular Instruction, Grades 6-8
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TECHNOLOGY PLAN Visual Auditory Read and Write Kinesthetic What's Your Learning Style? Visual learning are those students who associate ideas, concepts, data and other information with images and techniques. Visual learners learn best through seeing. Pictures, diagrams, concept maps, symbolism, videos and other visual presentations work well in a visual learner's education toolbox. Visual learners will be able to recall what they see and will prefer written instructions. Students who are visual learners are sight readers who enjoy reading silently. Visual learners learn through the following instructional activities:

Observation
Video
Computer graphics
Maps, graphs, charts
Cartoons, posters, diagrams
Graphic organizers
Text with pictures Digital Tools for Visual Learners MindMesiter - Mind mapping tool that allows users to create, share and manage mind maps online and offline

Bubbl.us - Flash-based brainstorming tool that allows users to chart thoughts, story ideas and homework

Thinkature - Online tool which allows users to chat in a visual workplace. Other special features include the ability to draw, color code, diagram and edit ideas

Visuwords - Online graphic-based dictionary; connects concepts and words to graphics encouraging retention

TeacherTube - Video host site of educational videos for teachers and students

MyLearningTube - Video host site of educational videos for teachers and students

Pics4Learning - Image library designed specifically for teachers and students

Scooch - Slide show software that transforms text into slides

Picture History - Online site that displays 200 years of history in photographs

KartOO - Search engine that displays visual images of search results

BrainPop - Educational website with over 1,000 short movies, quizzes, and supplemental instructional material for students K-12 REFERENCES Students who are kinesthetic learners learn better by doing. Projects, labs, note-taking and other activities that allow participation and a hands-on approach, are the best learning activities for kinestheitc learners. Kinesthetic learners learn through touching and manipulating objects, involving their whole body in learning. Students who are kinesthetic learners remember material best if they act it out. Kinesthetic learners learn through the following instructional activities:

Instructional activities involving the whole body
Movement activities/playing games
Making models
Following instructions to build items
Setting-up experiments Interactives - Provides activities, strategies and other concepts that enhance learning skills

Google SketchUp - Free drawing software allows users to create, modify and share 3D models

MynoteIT - Free web app that allows users to take, edit and share notes online

NoteMesh - Encourages students to collaborate by volunteering to take notes for their class or study group

Flashcard Exchange - World's largest flashcard library

Quizlet - Users can create their own flashcards and quizzes or study materials

ClassMarker - Users can create free online quizzes

Quia - Users can create their own educational surveys, quizzes, games and activities to engage in an interactive learning experience

SparkNotes - Free study guides, quizzes and other interactive aids for readers

Education Place - Explore various subjects through games and activities Who are Kinesthetic Learners? Digital Tools for Kinesthetic Learners Why the Application of Technology? Infrastructure
Improvements Using Technology
to Meet
Learning Styles Captures student's attention

Increases student motivation in learning

Builds background knowledge

Empowers students to take ownership of own learning

Provides individualized learing opportunities

Offers a variety of accomodations

Offers differentiation of instruction for every student

Allows for engaging collaboration opportunities between peers

Teaches 21st Centruy work skills

Improves academic achievement

Improves quality of work Auditory learners are those students who learn best through listening and speaking. Students who prefer this learning style will be able to recall what they hear and will prefer oral instructions. Auditory learners enjoy talking and interviewing and are phonetic readers who enjoy oral reading, choral reading, and listening to recorded books. Lectures, oral presentations, music and background sounds are just a few of the things that help auditory learners comprehend and retain more info. Auditory learners learn through the following instructional activities:

Interviewing/Debating
Giving oral reports
Participating in oral discussions of written material The best way for a person to learn depends on the person. Everyone has a different leaning style that work best for them. The best approach for a teacher is to address a variety of learning styles within their instruction. This allows for students to perform at their best. With knowledge of various learning styles, teachers will have the power to design interactive lessons that will create a motivating and interesting learning environment. Matching instruction with learning styles will improve students' performance.

How technology enhances learning:

Students can use powerful digital tools to make professional-quality products

Students can use digital devices to gain access to and manipulate vast amounts of information

Students can use computer-based tools to demonstrate problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills

Students can create documents, share and display data, comment on drafts, keep records of other’s comments, and integrate comments into current drafts

Students can pool their strengths – such as skills in making video clips, scanning images, digitizing sound, creating animations, and writing text – to produce multimedia presentations

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. Learning Styles & Technology V.A.R.K Learning Theory Model CROSS CURRICULAR INSTRUCTION
GRADES 6-8 Stands for Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic

Was developed by Neil Fleming in 1987

Has a close relationship to the theory of Multiple Intelligence

Uses a 16-question assessment tool

Users obtain a profile of their learning preference and have access to how to enhance their own learning

When a student's learning preference is accomodated his or her level of motivation increases

It is best to present material within the context of the learner's preferred mode of perception to enhance student learning Who Are Auditory Learners? Digital Tools for Auditory Learners Free Audio Books

Audacity - Audio editing software that lets you record and edit audio

WavePad - Free sound editing software (for Windows or Mac) that allows users to record and edit audio

ReadPlease - Text-to-speech software can read web pages, translate copied and pasted text to speech and perform other helpful tasks

Minomi - Search engine that is powered by sound, not text. You can find the music you're looking for by singing, humming or whistling ten seconds of the tune.

PodOmatic - Create, find and share podcasts through this free site

PodcastDirectory - Free podcasts by subject. Users can also search by country, region, city, language and popularity level

ProfCast - Simple tool to transform PowerPoint presentations and other slides into podcasts Who Are Visual Learners? Read/Write learners are those students who learn best through reading and writing. Students who prefer this learning style go straight to books/text to research a given topic. Read/Write learners explain concepts or ideas by summarizing what they have read. Read/Write learners process auditory experiences by writing down notes and turn to books for enjoyment and expression. Read/Write learners enjoy literature, create personal librarires, and can write reatively and practically. Read/Write learners learn through the following instructional activities:

Reading of written instruction/direction
Handouts, textbook and lecture notes
Rewriting of ideas and principles
Writing of thoughts, expressions, and explanations
Creation/Organization of lists
Word games Who Are Read/Write Learners? Digital Tools for Read/Write Learners iBooks - E-book application by Apple, Inc

Wikis - Web site developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content

MyStudyBar - Web browser toolbar packed with a comprehensive suite of compensatory reading, writing, organizing, editing and planning support tools

Ginger - Grammar and spelling checker. Corrects spelling and grammar mistakes based on the context of complete sentences by comparing each sentence to similar sentences from the web

Alphasmart - Portable, battery powered, word-processing keyboard device that enables a person to work on the go, much like a laptop computer, but it is strictly for word processing

EZ Keys - Word prediction and abbreviation expansion software

DraftBuilder - Writing software program that breaks down the writing process: Outlining, note taking, draft writing and bibliography creation

Smartpen - Paper-based computing platform that digitizes, stores and transfers what is written to a computer

Readinga-z - Online library of guided reading books, leveled reader, projectable books, lessons plans, and worksheets

Bibliomania - 800+ texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry together with detailed literature study guides Technology based staff development training

Implementation of technology driven V.A.R.K. based instruction within the classroom

Instruction of technology based skills within every classroom

Increased student access to online information within instruction

Increased classroom learning activities allowing students to use and develop 21st Century skills

Implementation in use of web based assignment and digital dropboxes District network upgrade

District hardware upgrade - Mobile digital device purchases

Software licensing purchases

Review of B.Y.O.D initiative DISTRICT/SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS Where Do We Start? 75% of teachers polled for the PEW Research Center's Internet & American Life Project said the Internet has increased "the range of content and skills about which they must be knowledgeable"

41% indicated the Internet has had a major impact on their workload A technology study based on a survey of more than 1,000 K-12 educators and school administrators in the United States found:

"Frequent technology users place considerably more emphasis on developing students' 21st century skills--specifically, skills in accountability, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethics, global awareness, innovation, leadership, problem solving, productivity and self-direction. Frequent users also have more positive perceptions about technology's effects on student learning of these skills--and on student behaviors associated with these skills. On the whole, teachers and administrators reported benefits of technology use for all types of students, from high achievers to students with behavioral and emotional issues."

"Teachers have a vital role to play at the intersection of technology and 21st century skills, modeling their confidence with technology, guiding young minds toward constructive educational purposes, and teaching students the tried and new skills for a competitive world." The Benefit of Learning Styles. (n.d.). Retrieved from Performance Leanring Systems website: http://www.plsweb.com/Products-Resources/The-Benefits-of-Learning-Styles

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Fortson, K. (2012, November 13). In This Flipped Class, Teachers Learn From Students’ Video. Retrieved from theJournal website: http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/11/12/Using-Student-Video-to-Evolve-the-Flipped-Classroom.aspx?sc_lang=en&p=1

Harbison, C. (2012, August 28). Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom. Retrieved from VOXXI website: http://www.voxxi.com/benefits-technology-in-the-classroom/

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Kelly, M. (n.d.). Visual Learners. Retrieved from About.com website: http://712educators.about.com/od/learningstyles/p/visual_learner.htm
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Learning Styles and Technology. (n.d.). Retrieved from Little Wound School website: http://www.littlewound.us/documents/Learning%20Styles%20and%20Technology.pdf

McCrea, B. (2012, November 27). What's Changing Education? For This Tech Tool Expert, It's Collaboration. Retrieved from theJournal website: http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/11/27/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-future.aspx

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Nagel, D. (2013, February 28). 73% of AP, NWP Teachers Say Their Students Use Mobile Phones for Learning. Retrieved from theJournal website: http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/02/28/73-percent-of-ap-nwp-teachers-say-their-students-use-mobile-phones-for-learning.aspx#H9sLrt9slUeDZlVY.99

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30 of the Best Educational Tools for Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Learners. (n.d.). Retrieved from Diploma Guide website: http://diplomaguide.com/articles/30_of_the_Best_Educational_Tools_for_Auditory_Visual_and_Kinesthetic_Learners.html

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