Last week we discussed how to incorporate technology into your classroom. This week we will focus specifically on Individual Learning Styles and how technology can meet student needs. Technology allows students to work independently and as educators you need to discover ways meet their various learning styles.
Auditory Learners– If your students learn best through listening, try accessing audiobooks. This is becoming increasingly popular regardless of reading ability. Create listening stations for younger students has utilized this concept for years!
Visual Learners– All students can benefit from reading books online and incorporating videos into lessons. I know I use YouTube videos help with everyday topics when I can’t figure out how to fix something at home. Why not use this concept to help your learners. Your students will the love the Big Universe book about YouTube!
Kinesthetic Learners– This can be a little more challenging, but get creative. You can see those students who chew on the cords. These are your tactial learners! Think about adding handles to their devices or downloading apps that require students to shake the tablet to answer questions.
I have created websites that allow students to access information in a variety of formats. By adding audio, icons, and videos all my students can be successful. By adding links that support the blended learning concept, you can encourage differentiation.
As you become more familiar with Blended Learning, you could also incorporate the different models in your classroom. The most common: station rotation, flipped classroom, lab rotation, and flex learning can be adapted for any purpose or unit.
- Station Rotation- This model allows students to work in small groups. Typically three stations provide time for students to receive,face-to-face instruction, time to practice skills in a virtual environment, and lastly time to reflect in again in virtual classrooms or discussion boards.
- Flipped Classroom- An entire post dedicated to this topic can be found here. Flipped basics are discussed as well as resources available to you.
- Lab Rotation- By using this model, students are instructed virtually and supported by face-to-face practice. There are various online programs that provide this type of instruction.
- Flex Learning- Again students receive most of their instruction online, but it is flexible as to the students’ needs. This combines the best of the best by meeting the student needs both by way of instruction, delivery, and content
While each is unique, the key component is YOU! Teachers are invaluable in this process. The accountability and human interaction allow students to become successful. We love to hear from our readers, how do you differentiate with technology?