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Using free tools for different learning styles

  1. 1. Page 1 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 concepts. 3) Create a collage with AutoCollage to explain difficult concepts in a visual way. Tools: Microsoft Free Tools: AutoCollage. Songsmith, StickySorter ICT Skill Level Required: Educator Scenario 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.
  2. 2. Page 2 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
  3. 3. Page 3 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 Framework Alignment  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)
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