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Using Free Tools for different learning styles
Learning can occur in many different ways. Students
have different learning styles and it is up to teachers to
prepare learning activities that cater for different
preferences. But often educators teach in the same way
they learn missing the opportunity to maximize the
learning experience for their students.
This tutorial is designed for educators who want to use
technology in their teaching to address learners with
different learning styles.
In this tutorial you will:
1) Use StickySorter for brainstorming and organizing ideas to
promote critical thinking and collaborative skills.
2) Compose a song with Songsmith and use it to teach abstract
3) Create a collage with AutoCollage to explain difficult concepts
in a visual way.
Microsoft Free Tools: AutoCollage.
ICT Skill Level Required:
Marian is a Physics teacher. She usually delivers her lessons in a way that addresses logical/mathematical learning styles.
Now she wants to use technology to cater for students who are visual and auditory learners. She plans to use
technology to differentiate instruction. Even though her students will be using different tools, their learning objectives
will remain the same.
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This tutorial will help you create an online notice board for organizing ideas, compose your own song and make a
collage which will inspire your students to learn differently.
1. Before planning a new classroom activity, it is good to organize your ideas, strategies and procedures. If possible
brainstorm with colleagues who want to introduce changes to their teaching style as well. StickySorter will help
you collect and present your ideas for a differentiated lesson. Introduce StickySorter to your students as well,
because by using it students will be able to brainstorm, work collaboratively and group ideas according to
specific requirements. This activity will develop their critical thinking skills and foster their interpersonal
intelligence. Download StickySorter at this web link and see how easy it is to use by looking at this guide.
2. Songsmith can be used to address students whose musical intelligence is highly developed. Watch this video
created by an innovative teacher or follow this step by step guide to using Songsmith to do the following:
a) Click on Song Starter and select New Song.
b) Pick a style out of those provided, choose a tempo and start singing or chanting. Explain Newton’s Laws
of Physics or the concept related to your particular lesson. Songsmith will automatically create the
music to accompany you.
c) The song can be saved, posted online and shared with students.
3. AutoCollage is a great tool for visual/spatial learners. After you have downloaded it at this web link, choose the
folder with the photographs that you want to include in your collage. Just click on Create and the program will
do everything for you. Choose the format, the number of images and decide which images are more important
than others. This can be done in the Input pane where you can decide which images should be ranked more
highly. If you’re happy with it, save it, if not give it another try. To help you, follow the step by step video guide
created by this innovative teacher: How To Use Autocollage video web link
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Further Resources and Ideas
This video provides a good overview of using Songsmith in the classroom: Digital Music Class
Watch this video to see how this teacher is using AutoCollage: Tell your story
UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (Pedagogy, Integrate Technology) and (ICT, Basic Tools)
ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1c,d) and Design and Develop Digital Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments (2d)