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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Fall Science Workshop Preview Webinar – Oct 2, 2012 3:30 PM

September 27th, 2012 No comments

Prepare for the NGSS

Join us for a taste of the Fall Regional Workshops for science scheduled all over the state. We’ll spend time looking at the Practices and explore how an MLTI application supports them. Of course, there will be ample opportunity for give and take discussion in preparation for the Next Generation of Science Standards and how technology and the 8 Practices of Science and Engineering can be aligned.

Sign up for Webinar here and and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

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 maine.gov.

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.

 

Leadership Skills and Mass Customized Learning

June 11th, 2012 1 comment

Be sure to join Inevitable author Bea McGarvey, RSU 18 Curriculum Director Linda Laughlin, and Maine DOE Superintendent of Instruction Don Siviski as we wrap up this year’s conversation about Mass Customized Learning. The focus will be on Chapter 10, Total Leadership, and WIIFY? (What’s in it for you?) So head on over to maine121.org, scroll down to June 12, and select the 4:00 registration link. It will be a great conversation…especially if you’re there! Here’s the link http://maine121.org/webcasts-2/

May 31 Webinar – Digital Art Portfolios Using MLTI Tools

May 30th, 2012 5 comments

Create a Digital Portfolio with MLTI tools.

 

A digital portfolio of student work is not only a record of student achievement but also is a way to share.

We will create digital portfolios with some of the tools available on your MLTI MacBook. A variety of tools will be utilized such as Pages, Keynote and NoteShare.

Bring your MLTI device, along with a few digital files. Roll up your sleeves and join the webinar to create your own digital portfolio.

 

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

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Infrastructure and Mass Customized Learning, The Heavy Lifting

May 18th, 2012 No comments

Customizing curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all students doesn’t just happen. School leadership teams need to do the hard work of putting in place the infrastructure that supports mass customization with student success as the outcome. Be sure to join us on Tuesday May 22 at 4 PM when Inevitable author Chuck Schwahn, Bonny Eagle Middle School Principal Mick Roy, and MICDL Executive Director John Newlin have a conversation about what is meant by infrastructure in support of Mass Customized Learning and how some Maine schools are working towards meeting the needs of all learners in their organizations. To register for the webcast go to http://maine121.org/webcasts-2/ and select the May 22 4:00PM link.

 

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Architecting the Future of Education: 2012 MLTI Summer Institute

May 14th, 2012 No comments

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.

May 17 Webinar – From Micro to Macro: 21st Century Economics Education

May 14th, 2012 No comments

Economics is a subject that is generally given the lightest touch as part of a social studies curriculum, and yet an understanding of economic concepts can have some of the longest standing results in student’s lives beyond school. By incorporating a broader study of economics into curriculum beyond a social studies classroom, students will be able to create and stick to a personal budget, follow and predict fluctuations in stock and land prices, develop business plans that are sustainable and understand how economic practices influence international development. Economics is an important part of every student’s education, and every teacher can play a part in developing economic understanding.

This webinar will look at tools on the MLTI image and online that can support the teaching of economics. From personal finance to global economic indicators, there are many ways in which digital tools can build an understanding of concepts such as supply and demand, input and output and economic development. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive view of an economics curriculum, it will point the way to developing an engaging method of incorporating the subject into schoolwide teaching and learning.

To join the webinar, click on the Webcasts tab above and follow the links to register.

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Free Online Course – Open Content Licensing for Educators

May 12th, 2012 1 comment
OER Educators graphic

CC BY 3.0 Sunshine Connelly (WikiEducator)

Ten years ago UNESCO coined the term Open Educational Resources (OER). Since then, interest in creating, collecting, and curating open content for teaching and learning has spread around the world. As part of the tenth anniversary celebration, the OER Foundation will host another free course, Open Content Licensing for Educators.

The course runs from June 20 – July 3, 2012 and the organizers are hoping to break the record of 1067 registrations set in a similar course they offered in January. I was a participant in the January sessions and truly enjoyed the exploration of issues around intellectual property, fair use, and creative commons licensing.  The discussions were fascinating and helped me understand how my thinking about intellectual property and copyright was similar to and often different from the thinking of participants in other parts of the world. Registration and course information can be found at the OCL4Ed wiki site.

MLTI webinar May 10, 2012 – Science Session Four – Observation, Evidence and Data

Collecting plant data on a clipboard

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One of the prime advantages to using technology in the science classroom is the real-time, particpatory collection of data. Participants will be introduced to how Data Studio, Logger Pro, MyWorld, and Numbers can be used to deal with data. Vital Signs, a website from Gulf of Maine Research Institute allows students and teachers not only to interact with a database about invasive species, but also to contribute their own data and discuss results with other classes and even expert scientists. Zooniverse has a number of web-based astronomy centered databases tin which individuals can participate. Participants will examine how technology can support the collection, organization, and analysis of data for science learning and support the conversation about, communication of, and dissemination of data and evidence from and to selected scientific communities. We will also talk about alignment with the Scientific and Engineering Practices from the new Conceptual Framework.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, May 10 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm. Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.