Showing posts with label Learning Styles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning Styles. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Student Conversation Starter

Today's episode of CNN Student News has a short segment in which there is a discussion about the differences in the ways in which male and female students learn. The segment talks about the idea of all male or all female middle schools.

This segment could be a good prompt for getting students to reflect and discuss the ways in which they learn.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Simply Box Helps You Organize Web Research

Simply Box is a browser extension that helps you organize and share things that you find on the web. Simply Box is a little different than your typical social bookmarking service because instead of saving and sharing links you can save and share screen captures. The Simply Box browser extension allows you to take a screen capture of a webpage or part of a page, save it, share it, or file it in a "box." The boxes of Simply Box appear at the bottom of your browser. Users can drag their findings into a box. I encourage you to watch the demonstration video to see the service in action.

Applications for Education
Simply Box does essentially the same things as most social bookmarking services and web research organizer. For students that process information better when it is visualized or put in graphic organizers the box concept may help them more than a bookmarking service.

Two other browser extensions that may help students organize web research are Chunk It and Reframe It. Two other web services that can help students organize web research are Iterasi and Wet Mount.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: 20 Reasons For Students to Blog

Yesterday I wrote a list of ten benefits for having a class blog. Today I went looking for what other people have to say about the uses and benefits of having a class blog and having students write blogs. I found two great blog posts on one blog on the topic of student blogging. Global Teacher has a list of 20 reasons for student blogging and a great slide show about the pedagogy of student blogging. From a personal standpoint I was glad to see that the my justifications for blogging are similar to those in other parts of the world. One justification for blogging that seems to be universal is providing students with an authentic audience for their work. A second justification for blogging that also appears to be universal is the capacity of blogs to be a vehicle for students of all learning styles to demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic.

Here is the slide show about blogging pedagogy hosted on Global Teacher.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Educational Uses for Ipods

One of my favorite websites, Open Culture, has reposted a list of ten ways to make your Ipod a better learning gadget. The list covers the basic uses of Ipods for education. The list also included a couple of more advanced ideas about using Ipods as an educational device.

My favorite item from Open Culture's list is the Ipod eBook Creator program. The Ipod eBook Creator is a means for turning your text documents (I'm thinking about my lecture outlines) into Ipod compatible formats that you can share with others via email or other peer to peer sharing devices. The Ipod eBook Creator can also be used to convert web pages to Ipod compatible eBooks.

Applications for Educators
I can see the Ipod eBook Creator being used in advanced placement courses with highly motivated students. As students' lives become busier they will need more mobile means of studying. Take a look around a high school AP class or other college preparatory class and see how many students are using a laptop as a study tool. Converting lecture notes and other study resources to a mobile format is one way to help busy students study.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Differences Between Men's and Women's Online Media Consumption

Nielsen Online has released a report about the differences between men's and women's online media consumption. The basic pattern the Nielson survey found was that men prefer user- generated media like Youtube while women prefer more mainstream media like that found on MSN or NBC.

Applications for Educators

As we know boys and girls often have different learning styles. This report from Nielsen (there is a planned follow-up study) suggests to me that teachers need to be aware of the online preferences of their students when selecting a web-application or website to use in the classroom.