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Learning Styles and the MLTI Device Merge

November 16th, 2012 4 comments

Are you developing lessons that include Multiple Intelligences? I am always amazed at the different ways teachers create rich, learning experiences using applications on their MLTI device which incorporate the different learning styles.

Research has long shown that teaching to a student’s learning style increases their achievement (Charkins, O’Tolle, & Wetzel, 1985) and the traditional chalk and talk teaching methodology doesn’t take into account the different learning styles (Dunn, 2000), When you put these longstanding findings together, it makes sense to teachers using tools that incorporate the different learning styles, would improve their students’ learning outcomes. One easy way to enhance your lessons is to use your MLTI device which has several applications that target more than one learning style. This brief post will list some of the MLTI applications and the different learning styles they account for.

The learning styles are based upon Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory (1983) with the first seven being bodily-kinesthetic (movement), spatial (visual), linguistic (verbal), intrapersonal (self-awareness), interpersonal (group), musical, and logical-mathematical (numbers). Naturalistic and existential are the two latecomers to makeup the nine identified intelligences (Gardner, 1999). Table one below outlines the different learning styles that can be targeted using applications on the MLTI device.

 

Table 1: Multiple Intelligences and Applications on the MLTI Device Merge
Application Multiple Intelligence
Acorn Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
Adobe Digital Editions Preview Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
Bento Logical-Mathematical, Naturalistic, Spatial
Comic Life Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
DataStudio Logical-Mathematical, Spatial
GarageBand (iLife) Bodily-Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Musical, Spatial
GeoGebra Logical-Mathematical, Spatial
Grapher Logical-Mathematical, Spatial
iChat Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
iMovie (iLife) Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
iPhoto (iLife) Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
iTunes (iLife) Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
KeyNote (iWork) Bodily-Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Musical, Spatial
Maine Explorer Existential, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Naturalistic, Spatial
Marvel Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
MindNode Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Naturalistic, Spatial
NoteShare Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
Numbers (iWork) Logical-Mathematical, Spatial
OmniGraffle Professional Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Naturalistic, Spatial
Pages (iWork) Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
PhotoBooth Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Musical, Spatial
ProfCast Bodily-Kinesthetic, Existential, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
QuickTime Player Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial
Scratch Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
SketchUp Interpersonal, Spatial
TextEdit Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Spatial
WolfQuest Bodily-Kinesthetic, Existential, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Spatial
WriteRoom Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial

The table above helps to spatially organize the applications and the different learning styles that they can target. Depending on your creativity, you can find ways to include all the Multiple Intelligences with the MLTI applications.

Using the different MLTI tools provides students a way to access the content through different learning styles and to present their findings using Multiple Intelligences. The idea is to enhance teaching methodologies and student engagement by using the great applications that are available on your MLTI device. You can visit the MLTI Minute site to learn how to use the applications listed above with their one minute tutorials. Enjoy the MLTI Minutes at: http://minute.maine121.org/episode-list-2/

How do you use the different applications on your MLTI device to connect with Multiple Intelligences?

References:

Charkins, R. J., O’Toole, D. M. and Wetzel, J. N. (1985) ‘Linking teacher and student learning styles with student achievement and attitudes’, Journal of Economic Education, vol. 16, Spring, pp. 111-20.

Dunn, R. (2000). Capitalizing on College Students’ Learning Styles: Theory, Practice, and Research. In Dunn, R. and R. Griggs, R. (Eds.), Practical Approaches to Using Learning Styles in Higher Education, (p 3-18). Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.

Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of Mind. The theory of multiple intelligences. New York, NY. Basic Books. Twentieth Anniversary Edition with new introduction. New York, NY. Basic Books, 2004.

Gardner, H. (1999). Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligence for the 21st Century. New York, NY. Basic Books.

Lindsey Farnham, MLTI Integration Mentor

 

 

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