I have been battling the notion of "designing instruction for learning styles" in my own quixotic fashion for a couple of decades now.
Knud Skov's insight:
More than 25 years of research on this and related themes have not provided any form of conclusive evidence that matching the form of instruction to learning style improved learning or even attention. Learning styles do not predict learning under different instructional conditions. There are no "visual" or "verbal" learners etc. No reviews of the research on learning styles have reached a positive conclusion. There are studies of learning styles (many of them designed by advocates or sales people for different style measures) that reach positive conclusions but the reviews conclude that those studies are poorly designed (or at least designed to find positive results for favored style measures).
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The classroom. The dominant philosophy seems to be to make the walls a living, text-based extension of what students learn in class. Add chart paper explaining concepts. Add processes and procedures for academic endeavors. Make word walls so that students have a visual reference. It sounds great.
The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have
Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ?
YouTube is undoubtedly the top video website online. The stats I have recently read are really amazing; 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute with over 3 billion pageviews per day. It also has thousands of channels ranging from technology to Laugh and Gags. Given the important of YouTube as a primary source of video content, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has dedicated a whole section to reviewing educational tools and tips teachers and students can use to maximize their benefit from YouTube. In this regard, they have selected some of the popular tools already having reviewed here and compiled them in a list that is handy for any teacher or educator to check whenever time permits.
New learning theories make their way into designing school interior and architecture. With terror I watch how many parents and teachers buys smartphones, tablets and lots of app’s and then they think the child will learn, just like that!
PowToon is a new animated presentation tool that can be used by students or teachers to create videos or just presentations. If you’ve used Prezi before, you’ll definitely like this! We even made our EdTech discovery app campaign video with it.
QR codes (Quick Response) are two-dimensional bar codes whose distinct pattern have been encoded with specific information such as advertisements, websites, business cards, etc. In fact in Japan, QR codes are even used to buy groceries! Due to the increasing popularity of mobile devices, QR codes are becoming more and more invaluable in that content can be quickly and easily accessed using the device's built-in camera.
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LIKE IT OR NOT - BUT Google Docs are worth knowing...!
Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability.
With today’s technology, students can take control of their browser by using customizable web apps and extensions to stay on task.
Web apps offer a personalized browsing experience for you and your needs. Google’s Chrome browser has effective web apps to help students create a focused, more productive and intuitive way to study while online.
Kathy Schrock: “Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy: The interlocking of cognitive processes This great new diagram show the interlocking gears of cognitive thought and every cog-word links directly to an iPad app... Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes up and down the categories as they create new knowledge, I was thinking another type of image might be more explanatory.