Effective Web Tools for Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic (VAK) Learners
Ms. Amany H. ALKhayat
Prince Sultan University, KSA
“Nobody's good in everything. Advantages and
disadvantages come in many forms.”
Charles Schwab: Founder of Schwab Learning
(He failed remedial English and came perilously close to
flunking out of college.)
A learning style: is how you learn best through
different approaches or ways of learning.
Types of learning styles:
Visual: prefer reading, drawing or studying diagrams
Auditory : learners who learn best by hearing
information such as responding to lectures they have
Kinesthetic: learn best by involving bodily movement.
Learning styles in Higher Education
Learning in higher education becomes effective when
it combines creativity, careful data collection ,
systematic analysis, in addition to insightful evaluation
as well as well-organized presentations.
Learning styles in Higher Education
However, students differ in terms of their approach or
way of learning. Our students are digital natives as
they communicate, share, interact, and negotiate
Why should we integrate
To adapt to different learning styles.
Active learning: that is conducive to learner autonomy;
students take responsibility for what they learn:
Cooperative learning: Blogging
Individualized learning: Reading speed, hotpotatoes
(different speeds, and needs)
Characteristics of a Visual Learner
Remember what they see rather than what they
Retain information through diagrams and pictures
reading and writing is preferable to them than
Have trouble recalling
Short attention span .
Online mindmapping software for students, business,
Students can brainstorm online, share their work and
embed it on their blog. Mind maps can be saved as
images or printed out.
Characteristics of Auditory learners
Can follow verbal instructions easily
Prefer debating and discussing with others
Enjoy reading and studying aloud
Like music more than art.
Tools for Auditory learners Free Audio books online:
Project Gutenberg: Human-read
and computer-generated audio
Books. These audio books can also
be downloaded for free on the user’s iPad, Kindle, Nook,
Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or other
mobile or cell phone.
Opportunity for MLearning
Has over than 1500 free audio books and video files in
different categories. Can be downloaded from the
website, itunes, MIT World and many other sources.
Books should be Free
Contains free audio books that can be downloadable in
mp3, ipods, or itunes everyday.
Lists many genres and classifications
Lists top 100 free popular audiobooks
Award winning text to speech software.
ReadPlease/ReadPlease Plus 2003 is a free version that
Other software Voki, and Vozme
Podomatic: hosts the world's largest selection of
VOA special English Program, British council and BBC
-Youtube: watching involves listening as well
-free podcasts by subject. Users can also search by
country, region, city, language and popularity level.
They have great hand-eye coordination
technology is a great interactive tool to use while
studying. They need to be physically involved when
studying and learn through scenarios and situations.
Students can take notes and share them online.
search engine for notes
Sharing notes and posting messages.
Flash Card Exchange
With study features and cramming features
Has many flash cards that suits all learners. It has also
flash cards that teaches sign language.
Has flash cards for all subjects
Flash cards and study games website that are designed
for students to learn almost anything.
Can be an effective Mlearning tool
Includes flashcards for exams such as SAT, GRE, or
subjacts such as Languages, history, arts, professions,
math and science.
Undoubtedly, there will be some individual differences
in terms of the ability to do such skills. Therefore, it is
the role of the teacher to identify her students’
learning styles and assign roles for a group of learners
in which each one will work on a certain area and each
member will learn from one another.
Another suggestion for teachers can be the the
following rule “ say it, write it and do it”
Lesson Plans Guidelines
Integrating Technology in a lesson should be
motivating to the students and should cover the
objectives as well.
Even if the teacher works in a place that is not
furnished with computer labs, many of these resources
can be printed out and used in the classroom or the
students can be given the URLs to these activities to be
done at home.
Sample Reading lesson plan
Will Frankenfood Feed the World
Preparing the students
for the article and the
Pictures of Frankenstein
Each student will read a
part and then share info
with the others.
groups : jigsaw activity
Reading the article
The students will check
their understanding of
the important vocab.
Analysis, Synthesis, and
Paragraph writing. If you
were the minister of
agriculture in your
country, would you plant
“The most important knowledge teachers need to do
good work is a knowledge of how students are
experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher's
Barlow, T. (2008). Creating Classrooms Without Walls.
Teaching Science 54 (1), 46-48
Batson, T. “A new social context for information.” Campus
Technology Magazine, Jan. 16, 2008. Retrieved from at
http://campustechnology.com/articles/57281 on 1/17/2008
Craig, E.(2007). Hanging Paradigms: Managed Learning
Environments and Web 2.0,” CampuswideInformation
Systems, 24(3), 152-161.
Will Frakefood feed the world: