What are your beliefs about how people learn best?
Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences which basically states that every individual has certain strengths and weaknesses that influence the way in which they learn, and that every individual learns in a different way. Some people tend to be more musically inclined than others and may find it easier to learn topics through song, for example singing the Quadratic Formula to the tune of “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. Others may prefer kinesthetic learning and learn best by being physically active, for example having students walk paces to a given coordinate on a coordinate plane taped to the classroom floor. There is no one way that people learn best. Instead, we should be recognizing that people learn best in their own learning style.
What is the purpose of learning theory in educational technology?
Howard Gardner (2000) wrote a paper titled “Can technology exploit our many ways of knowing?” in which he discusses how technology can be used to appease different learning styles and intelligences. With the mass amounts of technology available these days there is a tool to assist every learner. However, with so many avenues for learning so easily accessible it is up to the teacher to determine which tools are appropriate. As Gardner stated, inappropriate use of technology in the educational setting “are all too often simply used to ‘deliver’ the same old ‘drill-and-kill’ content” (2000, p. 33). In it imperative for educators to understand different learning theories so they can choose the tools that are right for their students.
Gardner, H. (2000). Can technology exploit our many ways of knowing?. Retrieved from http://howardgardner01.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/can-technology-exploit-our-many-ways-of-knowing1.pdf
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