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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:

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


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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MLTI Professional Development Fall 2012

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

We’re coming to a school near you very soon! This year, the MLTI Professional Development team is going to be in every region of the state, delivering high quality workshops aimed at specific content areas for educators. We will be delivering a series of one-day, hands-on sessions, both in the fall and the spring. We would like to see as many teachers, librarians and administrators as we can attend these sessions, so please spread the word and we’ll see you on the road!

The Fall PD Session descriptors are listed below. For further details on the sessions, their dates and locations, and registration information, click on the session title. For further MLTI Professional Development information, please go to this page on

The Art of Technology in Mathematics

Unlock mathematical conceptual understanding through discovery using technology. Come explore technology options at your fingertips as we seamlessly integrate the MLTI with the new Common Core State Standards. This hands-on workshop will utilize resources to add to your toolkit for teaching and learning. Templates and applets will be provided as we look at ways to increase student conceptual understanding using Geogebra, Grapher, Numbers, and other tools on the MLTI image.

Supporting Students with Special Needs Using MLTI and Universal Design for Learning

This hands-on workshop will begin by exploring accessibility options and adjusting preference settings on the MLTI device to meet the needs of the learner. Participants will also learn to create lessons that target Response to Intervention and incorporate different learning styles to increase universal access for classroom activities. We’ll also examine exciting ways to “provide multiple means of engagement” for students through creating social stories and learning how to socially navigate the world around them. Participants will explore ways to apply these skills to creating Digital Portfolios. Students will ultimately be able to showcase projects that target their Individualized Education Plan benchmarks and goals as well as self-assess their work.

Shift Happens! Common Core, ELA and Digital Literacy
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) identifies 6 shifts in ELA/Literacy, including text complexity, writing from sources and academic vocabulary. This session will explore instructional practices and approaches using digital tools that address the shifts, and provide strategies for implementing the Common Core in the English classroom and across disciplines.

Leveraging Technology with Science Practices

In anticipation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), many educators in Maine are already integrating some of the  8 Science and Engineering Practices into current instruction. Here’s a chance to look more deeply at those Practices from the Framework for K-12 Science Education that inform the NGSS. We will explore MLTI science applications for a hands-on investigation of their alignment to the Maine Learning Results and Practices of the Framework, and discover more ways that technology can enhance learning.

The Art Studio in your MLTI MacBook

Join MLTI to discover the art studio in your MLTI MacBook. Learn new ways to create art, explore tools to design digital portfolios, gain understanding in managing your digital art classroom and grow your research process knowledge. This day will be filled with valuable information for the art teacher.

Digital Citizenship in a Changing World

Students are living in a world of 24/7 access to technology that enables learning and communication in a way that was not possible even a few years ago. This workshop will help you to learn about the digital landscape our students are now living in, and how educators can help students think critically and make responsible choices to improve achievement. We will be exploring some of the free K-12 resources available through Common Sense Media and how to implement them in your classrooms and schools.
Integrating Technology into the World Language Classroom
Technology has produced new communication opportunities, created new ways to participate in culture, and redefined what we call community. This session will focus on integrating MLTI tools into the World Language learners’ experience. We will explore ways to use technology to immerse learners in authentic language and cultural experiences while keeping an eye on assessment and other realities like the Common Core and the Maine Learning Results.
Where’s the Evidence? Digital Tools, Source Material and the Social Studies Classroom

As emerging social scientists, students must have the skills to locate, interpret and use primary and secondary sources in their work. The wealth of source material online, and the digital tools to utilize these resources, present humanities teachers with enormous opportunities to develop these skills in their classes. This workshop will provide educators with strategies for using source material with students: how to find the resources, incorporate source material in student writing, and having students present their interpretations to the world.


Architecting the Future of Education: 2012 MLTI Summer Institute

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is scheduled for July 24 – 26th at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Like last year, we’ll continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

Please visit our website to view the cohorts available.  When registering, you’ll select the cohort of your choice and spend the institute working with the same group in order to maximize the learning experience.  Each cohort is limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise stated), so don’t delay in registering!  Registration for cohorts will be first come, first serve but we will make our best efforts to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

Along with MLTI cohorts being offered, MLTI has joined forces with the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning to offer a cohort designed for school teams.  To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the cohort page. Costs associated with this cohort are slightly different due to extra meeting times schedule in the fall (FMI).

Want to attend but are looking to save some money on registration?  Here are some options for you:

1.  Submit a poster session proposal – save 20% if you are selected to present.
2.  Are you an ACTEM member or a teacher at an ACTEM institutional member school?  ACTEM is offering 40 $75.00 scholarships!

Online Registration

Learn more about the 2012 MLTI Summer Institute on our website

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson.

Accessibility of Instructional Media for Students with Disabilities and English Learners (December 15)

December 12th, 2011 Comments off
Students with laptops, one confusing AIM with AOL Instant Messenger

Illustration by Andrew Greenstone

Many materials used for classroom and online instruction present barriers to learning for students with disabilities and English learners. This is typically inadvertent and can be corrected with basic awareness and skills. This webinar will introduce participants to strategies and resources for selecting and creating media that are accessible, resulting in improved learning opportunities for all students. Topics include accessible instructional materials (AIM), closed captioning and audio description of video, and accessible web sites.

Please join us this Thursday at 3:15 pm or 7:15 pm. For more information about accessing our MLTI webinars and to register, please click on the Webcasts tab at the top of this page.


December 8 webinar: Universal Design for Learning Across the Curriculum

December 6th, 2011 Comments off
A montage of students from different cultural backgrounds

CC BY 2.0 Vox Efx

UDL is an educational framework for developing curriculum, selecting instructional strategies, and designing assessments that work for all learners. Serving as a guide for reducing barriers to learning, UDL supports diverse students’ needs for understanding information, expressing knowledge, and activating engagement. Referenced throughout the National Education Technology Plan 2010, which guides the use of information and communication technologies in transforming American education, UDL is essential to successful technology use in the content areas. This webinar will introduce and provide demonstrations of UDL.

Please join us this Thursday at 3:15 pm or 7:15 pm. For more information about accessing our MLTI webinars or to register, please click on the Webcasts tab at the top of this page.


November 3rd Webinar: Digital Literacy – The New Normal?

October 30th, 2011 Comments off

Digital Literacy – The New Normal?

Students are increasingly turning to a wealth of online resources to answer their information needs and according to Amazon, ebooks are outselling print books.    Join me as we look at how this change necessitates the way we need to teach literacy.   What does it mean to be a digitally literate person and how can you guide your students to find excellent information?  We will also learn how to evaluate these sources and explore some of the unique features of digital information that enable students to be successful in school.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. Please visit the Webcasts Page for pre-registration and additional information about participating in our webinars.

Follow up to Digital Literacy Webinar

According to the Pew Statistics, 85% of teens ages 12-17 engage in some form of electronic personal communication including text messaging, e-mail or posting comments on social networking sites.  MLTI survey results from last year found that students communicate on their homework most often through texting and the second communication vehicle was Facebook!

Much of the research I discovered while researching Digital Literacy pointed to a lack of advancement of Digital Literacy instruction in education.

Scale of information:
Students can download books from Project Gutenberg, they can create videos and share them around the world and join blog conversations to bring real world excitement to their learning.
Advantages of Digital Information:
Digital resources have many advantages to the printed text.   The ability to enlarge the print, use text to speech and add visuals enable digital literacy development and supports diverse student learning.

A lot of discussion on the chat during this webinar focused on the need to teach better searching skills.   If students use Google to search they might do better using Google Advanced to limit their searches.

Many of the traditional literacy skills are transferable to Digital Literacy.   Teachers need to help students find and evaluate information from digital print sources and to become producers in this digital world we are living.    Online encyclopedias are perfect way to begin a search for information often with several reading levels, visuals and timelines.   Magazine and Newspaper databases such as Marvel have information that is preselected and reputable and searchable.    Web pages provide a wealth of information but need to be evaluated as to authority and reliability and point of view.

There were a few participants who did not know of the State Marvel databases.    You can get directly in from any school or public library.  From home you have to register (once) and you can just log in with your user name and password or a library bar code.  I have my bar code on a sticky and cut and paste.  If you have an MLTI MacBook there is a spring icon on the dock.

MLTI has partnered with Common Sense Media and has easy lesson plans for K-12 on Digital Literacy that can be adapted as needed for your school.  Visit Common Sense Media and register as an educator.    Look for the lessons under Research and Evaluation.   They come with a creative commons license so you may adapt them as needed.
Digital Literacy Lessons from Common Sense Media:

Ted Talk video:
The Filter Bubble by Ed Pariser

Online Citation Sources:
Easy Bid
Son of Citation Machine

Online Web Evaluation Sources:
Five W’s of Website Evaluation

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators

Evaluating Webpages: How and Why

Education Needs a Digital Age Upgrade” Virginia Heffernan NY Times

Learning to Read and Write on the Web
Teachervision website

Take a Giant Step: a Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age

Writing, Technology and Teens
Pew Research

The Uses of Digital Literacy by John Hartley Google Book

“Books and Literacy in the Digital Age” by Ralph Raab    American Libraries, Aug2010, Vol 41 Issue 8, p34-37

“From Print to Pixel” by Kevin Kelly    Smithsonian Jul/Aug2010, Vol 41, P122-128, 6p

“Teaching Two Literacies” by Joanne Rooney    Educational Leadership, Mar2009, Vol. 66 Issue 6


Oct 27 Webinar: Building Ladders – SAMR and TPCK Part II

October 24th, 2011 1 comment

TPCK pieces

Deconstructed TPCK Diagram


Now that folks have been introduced to SAMR and TPACK, its time to talk about how practitioners can apply what we know. The question might be, “How can I look at my curriculum and put SAMR and TPCK into practice in my classroom?” And, of course, we will ponder how technology can aid in the improvement of teaching and learning by giving a closer look at the tools that MLTI and the web have to offer. Finally, we will check out one more example of “building a ladder” of classroom practice and discuss how it might be applied to revamping lessons or units you already use.


This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

October 20 Webinar – SAMR and TPCK: The Basics

October 20th, 2011 Comments off

SAMR and TPCK Models

When designing teaching projects using technology, it is important to employ frameworks that enable the best selection, planning, and use of the tools available. The SAMR and TPCK models have proven themselves in use in Maine’s classrooms and around the world. In 2010, over two thirds of Maine teachers familiar with the models found that they played a crucial or important role in their work.

In this webinar we will review the basics of the SAMR and TPCK models, using new examples that reflect evolving priorities and projects in Maine schools. We will also see how to use them in practice, introducing the concept of the “SAMR Ladder” — a concept that we will extend and develop further at our October 27 webinar.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

MLTI Summer Institute Day 2 Updates

July 27th, 2011 2 comments

Today’s Poster Session Schedule — please note changes (*) — Session Descriptions

Exploring Co-Teaching & Content Integration Searles Hall – Room 126
Hands On History : Primary Documents, Oral histories & Connecting to the Community Massachusetts Hall – 3rd floor seminar*
Maine OER Team Projects: Learnings, OER Sites, and Exploration Searles Hall – Room 115
Free, High-Quality Online Science Resources for Your K-12 Classroom Searles Hall – Room 313
Math Snacks – using technology to meet the needs of students Searles Hall – Room 314
Multiplicity self-portraits using Acorn Druckenmiller Hall – Room 20*
NAEP Data Explorer – Investigate the Questions Tool Kanbar Hall – Room 109
Providing Challenged Writers The Tools to Success Hubbard Hall – Room 22*
The Thousand Word Project-Maine Artists Inspire Literacy/Technology Skill Druckenmiller Hall – Room 24
Vital Signs Kanbar Hall – Room 107

Today’s Agenda
Wednesday July 27

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast at Thorne Hall
8:30 – 10:30 Cohorts meet
9:30 Coffee/Water/Fruit break
10:45 – 12:00 Keynote at Daggett Lounge in Thorne Hall

Steve Midgley, Deputy Director of Education Technology at the US Department of Education – Keynote Speaker

National Education Technology Plan: A random walk through the implications and opportunities for technology in education
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch at Thorne Hall
1:00 – 2:00 Poster Session – What’s a poster session? Poster sessions are brief one hour sessions covering a variety of topics.
2:00 – 5:00 Cohorts meet
3:30 Water/Soda/Cookie Break
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner at Thorne Hall

Lobster Dinner (A steak and vegetarian option is also available) outside of Thorne Hall (near Chamberlain) (If you did not purchase a lobster dinner ticket, you can still bring your dinner outside to the back)

MLTI Summer Institute Day 1

July 26th, 2011 Comments off


Hannah inspires the audience

Over 150 educators gathered for the MLTI Summer Institute at Bowdoin College. Cohort groups began their three-day intensive workshops, and we finished the day with some fantastic keynote speakers, students Hannah Potter, Yarmouth HS and Chris Jones, Oak Hill HS. In the audience were not only the Institute participants, but senior officials from the Ministries of Education from 12 different Caribbean nations. All were treated to Hannah’s inspiring work connecting Maine teenagers with Iraqi teenagers through her web site, ANewView. Chris Jones followed up with an engaging presentation about how MLTI inspired and provided him the opportunity to become a software developer, and a part of an international software development team. You can learn more about Chris at and

Chris wows the audience

More photos from the day…

Del and John

Del and John discuss the uses of Sketchup Pro

Geogebra helps to stretch your mathematical muscles

Geogebra helps to stretch your mathematical muscles

Susie discusses digital citizenship

Susie discusses digital citizenship

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