Technology is Helping Students to Adopt Their Own Learning Style

Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge. Learning style is an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring something that is new and knowledegable. Different people have different learning styles. Some learn by reading, some by hearing, some by writing while many others do so by watching.

Learning may occur as a part of education, personal development, schooling or training. There are many styles of learning which can be adopted to make students comfortable while learning; if a student learns effectively by a specific learning style, we can call it as his own natural learning style. In olden days, we didn’t have many learning styles and we were just forced to learn with those traditional learning styles employed by our schools. But nowadays, technology is a boon to students as it helps them learn the way they like. It can help students develop their own learning styles even at a very young age. Let’s learn about such learning styles and how technology helps students in adopting those styles.

There are many categories of learning styles. Here we’re focusing on a specific categorization which is very common and widely used . According to this, learning styles are of three types; Visual Learning, Auditory learning and Kinesthetic learning.  Let’s go briefly into these learning styles one by one.

Visual Learning:

Visual learners prefer to see the content to understand it. Picture based learning, Video based learning and many more come under this category. It’s a learning style in which ideas, thoughts, concepts, processes and other information are represented and associated with images, graphs, charts and videos. Anyone can remember things easily if  they visualize them; this way it’s easy to focus on the meaning, reorganization and grouping of similar content. Visual learning style increases visual memory, and helps in recalling the information better. Below, we provide you with information on a few visual learning tools & resources.

Pinterest:

Pinterest is a pin-board style photo sharing web platform. This site allows users to create and manage theme based image collections such as events, interests and hobbies. Pinterest has numerous categories like Art, Design, Humor, Education, Science and Nature, Technology, Photography, Products, Quotes, Travel, Fashion and many more themes. For people who focus more on images and graphics instead of words , Pinterest turns out to be a great visual learning tool. For more information on Pinterest, you may refer our previous articles “Pinterest: A Great Visual Learning Tool” & “How Can Educators Use Pinterest?

VariQuest:

VariQuest provides many visual learning tools such as, the Poster Maker, Perfecta, Cutout Maker, Awards Maker, Cold Laminator, Design Center and VariQuest Software - featuring thousands of curriculum-aligned templates, eDies and graphics designed specifically for schools. These tools provide students and teachers with the ability to quickly and easily create visual supports that help differentiate instructions and personalize learning for all students.

Dragonfly visual learning:

Dragonfly visual learning provides visual spatial learners a way of learning next to other than with the regular learning material available in schools. Often, the regular learning materials for visual spatial learners are insufficient. They need a more visual explanation and a bigger picture so they can understand better, where all the pieces of learning material belong  within the big picture. It contains several schooling subjects; compatible with iPad. This app requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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Auditory Learning:

Auditory Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge through listening. Students listen to the lectures in class so that they can get knowledge of a particular concept; this makes it easy for them to understand when they come across the same concept in textbooks. Discussions also help such listeners to learn even more. Recordings, Tapes, Video tutorials and many others come under the tools for auditory learning. Kids learn poems by listening to them in a rhythmic way. We’ve seen people listening to several audio files to improve their pronunciation and effective speaking skills. Let’s learn about a few apps related to auditory learning, below.

Prizmo:

Prizmo is a very useful app for those students who prefer to learn by listening than by reading. It is a universal photo-based scanner app that lets you scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG. It provides voice guidance to help position your iPhone while taking pictures of documents, and will find the text orientation automatically if it's turned left, right or upside down. It has an highly accurate OCR technology with 40+ languages to read the imported photo documents.

Speak it!:

Speak it! is a good solution for listening based learners. It’s an easily operated app; just enter the text you want to speak and press the “Speak it” button. You can copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you with the highest quality text to speech engine available anywhere. You can even create the same quality audio files by text to speech conversion, which can then be e-mailed to anyone you like.

Kinesthetic Learning:

Kinesthetic learning is also called Tactile learning. The students with this learning style are very creative and they prefer to make their learning a real-life experience. They learn via experience; they prefer to move, touch and to do things themselves. Project based learning, Game based learning and many others come under this category. It is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than by listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. These students are called “doers”. Let’s see some resources related to this learning style.

Nayi Disha:

Nayi Disha’s motto behind creating computer games for pre-school children is to make their learning fun and more engaging. These games are mainly based on motion-sensing technology. Nayi Disha is trying to make the entire process much more natural for a learning child. Instead of drawing the numbered lines on the notebook, a child physically jumps through the numbered lines. Instead of using a mouse or a keyboard to fly a spaceship, a child flies it as if he was there, in imagination; he just extends his hands, turns left or right to fly it. They just try to make the entire process much more fun, intuitive and very natural for children. This is how kids get the practical experience to learn concepts through Nayi Disha games. For more info, you may refer our previous article “Nayi Disha Studios | Educational Computer Games for Preschool Children ”.

Spy Tools:

Spy tool is an awesome app to improve creativity in Kids. It has several existing functional tools like a disguise kit, identification kit, fingerprint scanner, voice changer, and night vision goggles. All these tools help children to learn the application easily and have lots of fun too.

It’s a known fact that technology is making learning very effective. These are the few examples and tools to describe how students nowadays are able to adopt their own learning styles with the help of technology. Share your views in the comment box. And if you know more about such resources you can write for us.

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Author: Santosh Bhaskar KWebsite: http://www.twitter.com/SantoshBhaskarK
Devotee of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Following his path of Creating Creative Education in India. Contributing my works in "India Vision 2020". Former EdTech Blogger/Researcher at ETR India

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