When a giant screen turns on in a classroom, have you ever notice how quickly the faces of the students glow with amazement? They have no idea what’s about to show but they feel enthusiastic to find out. They know it’s for educational purposes but who cares what it’s for when this amazing tech device with motion pictures and sounds stands before them in all its glory. Here are some ideas for teachers to incorporate technology into their lesson plans that cater to the four learning styles.
The visual learner likes to work with images. They learn well and remember items when they view photographs, illustrations, diagrams, maps, colours, shapes and expressions.
A visual student presented with a photo camera and an assignment to tell a story about a specific topic using photography can create magic. They can use computer software to create a photo story and do graphic designs using image editing programmes. If a group of visual learners are placed together, the creativity becomes diverse and more interesting.
Bring out the voice recorders, radios, musical keyboards, latest musical hits, instrumentals and sound effects. The students who enjoy learning while listening to a beat or rapping to it would be enthralled with these devices. They may use rhyme, rhythm, and song to make a presentation about literary devices, trigonometry, historical events, or animals on a farm.
Reading and writing fans don’t only need text books, pens, markers and paper. They could research and download information using computers and tablets, create Power Point presentations, write their views online with blogs and websites, and print their articles in newsletters, books, and magazines. Students who favour reading and writing while learning are drawn to the technology that prepares them to be future authors, editors, journalists, and bloggers.
Students who like to be in motion when they learn would love a variety of devices to keep them occupied. They can use a video camera to create skits, plays, role playing, dances, sports and demonstrations.
For outdoor scientific research, the can use binoculars, magnifying glasses, photo cameras and tape recorders. To make presentations, they can use computers, software for graphic, animation, and movie making to wow their classmates with their artistic talent. Also, debates can be made more interesting with buzzers and microphones.