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Learning Styles

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Learning Styles




In this section you will find a variety of tools and resources to determine your learning style.  As you try out the various tools think about the learners in your class.  Do they fit a one 'style' fits all or are they all unique in their learning styles?  Do you think that these tools would be useful to you as you group and assess your students and gain insight their learning styles?  


Tech Training Preference Probe


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Tech Training pref. probe.doc by P.  Reed and M. Kaplan 2005


Computer Training and Learning Styles


If you are doing any training/ teaching of others on computers be aware of possible technology learning style preferences.


Learner's Experience with Technology

Our students have changed radically.

Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.”

—Mark Prensky (2001)

Our students are already digital learners.  According to Futurist Mark Prensky, our students, having grown up in a digital world, and are what he calls digital natives.  Most teachers, having grown up in a print-based world, are digital immigrants.  Even those of us who have learned technology later in life still speak slowly and with a distinct accent.  According to Prensky, “… the single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.


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This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills.

Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.  Produced by B. Nesbitt.


Are you a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant? 


According to Prensky in 2001, Digital Natives;

  • are used to receiving information really fast
  • they like to parallel process and multi-task
  • they prefer their graphics before their text rather than the opposite
  • they prefer random access (like hypertext)
  • they function best when networked
  • they thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards
  • they prefer games to "serious" work....
  • they are used to instantaneity of hypertext, downloaded music, phones in their pockets, a library on their laptops, beamed messages and instant messaging
  • they have been networked most or all of their lives
  • they have little patience for lectures, step-by-step logic and "tell-test" instruction


P.  Reed and M. Kaplan, describe Digital Immigrants as preferring to learn slowly, step-by-step, one thing at a time, individually, and above all seriously.  Click on the document below and see if you are a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant. 



Digital Native and Digital Immigrant Learning Styles.doc



List of 100 tools technology tools categorized  by learning styles



Traditional Learning Styles


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Have you ever thought of having your students make a video, write a blog, make a wiki about what they have learned?


Types of Learning Styles


The learning styles are;



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Excel Graph Learning Styles.xls



http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html University of North Carolina –Online Inventory

http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm Learning Disabilities Pride Information on Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/learning/index.html?styles University of Western Ontario suggested strategies for the 3 main learning style preferences

1.    auditory (learning by hearing)

2.    visual (learning by seeing)

3.    kinesthetic (learning by doing)




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