After several internet searches about the different learning styles, I wasn’t sure if there were 4,7, or 8 different learning styles. Then I conducted some deeper research and concluded that there really isn’t any concrete learning styles. However, it’s obvious that a classroom full of kids cannot absorb learning material the same way. Teachers have been aware of this for quite some time, but there’s never been any legitimate changes to testing and learning for students. So how does a teacher, or even a parent for that matter learn to cater towards a student’s learning style? It seems almost impossible since all of the different learning styles require catering to one sense like auditory or visual, but we all know that we are required to learn how to process information from all of our senses. In the last blog post I talked about how the EdTech reader is the best method to get high school students to read, but now I will be discussing how the EdTech reader can be used to appeal to the various senses of the learning styles and how teachers and parents can adapt to the learning style phenomenon.
If you read the last blog post, then you should already be aware of the overlay functions of the EdTech reader. If you haven’t, I would recommend reading the post so that you’ll have a better understanding of all the different overlay functions. With that being said, I’d like to talk about how in the EdTech reader teachers have the ability to create extensions. Extensions are identical versions of an eBook that teachers can create so that they can group different students into them. This means teachers can add different overlays to each extension, so that even if two students are reading the same book, they may have different overlays that provide a personalized learning experience. Since overlays contain all of the sensory information that appeal to student learning styles, they are the perfect tool for teachers to engage learning.
With technology becoming more and more prevalent in classrooms, students are becoming aware that they have different options to do their reading and school work on devices instead of the old fashioned ways. The EdTech reader is available on smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which are all of the most prevalent devices for students. While many teachers and parents would prefer that reading is done on print books, it may be more effective for students to read on a device instead. As many parents know it’s virtually impossible to kick their children off their devices and read a book without some form of major bribery or punishments. Fortunately, the Edtech reader keeps students engaged in their devices while being able to enjoy learning.
From the supposed learning styles I have read about, the Edtech reader gives teachers the ability to appeal to all of them. For your visual learners, there are image overlays, YouTube overlays, and video overlays. These are extremely helpful for the students who need visual stimuli in order to understand the material in the book. Aural and verbal learners can benefit from the MP3 overlay feature where teachers could provide audio for difficult pronunciations, or to add whatever audio they want to make the reading more enjoyable. There are comment overlays for those that like to discuss and collaborate with others to learn. The hyperlink overlays can be used to incorporate the shareability of google docs.
At the end of the day teachers are given all of the power to be creative in how their students can learn with the EdTech reader. They can group their students in extensions and create extensions that appeal to their learning styles. Even if the teacher decides not to group students, they can still add plenty of overlays to the textbook that will empower students to use more of their sensory information while reading. I have been blessed to have many great teachers that would go above and beyond to make their class fun. The EdTech reader gives that creative ability to teachers for the work outside of the classroom. As always if you want your school equipped with the EdTech reader you can go to the EdTech website to schedule a demo for a hands-on experience with the EdTech reader. Now it’s time to start learning!