I recently read a blog posting by Sherrynjohns who was discussing the topic of ‘Why use ICTs in early childhood education’. After watching the video attached to Sherryn’s blog it got me thinking about the comments made by Tara Fagan within the video. Tara states “…for some kids ICTs are the tools that make the difference in learning…”. What a powerful statement.
All learners are unique and we all learn differently. What works for me, may not be the right fit for you and so on. I recently came across a blog written by Patrick Dimick regarding how technology caters to students 8 Multiple Intelligences.
The article suggests in the tech savvy 21st Century we should consider offering students a variety of ICTs that can fulfill the learning styles of Howard Gardner’s (1983) Multiple Intelligences. For instance, for linguistic learners rather than offering the traditional oral and written information based activities, offer for example, a storytelling app which reads a narrative of the story, scenarios and discussions outlets. Or offer an alternative way to communicate, collaborate and creatively recount their learning by engaging students in writing a blog. Wow, how things have changed since my days at school.
The bottom line is that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching students in the 21st Century. With an imaginative approach to understanding each student, their needs and styles the inclusion of ICTs can support student learning outcomes.
Read the article and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear them.