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Are Applications of Learning Styles Theory Effective?

By Rachel Peachey on May 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

Learning styles are viewed in a positive light by many people. You may agree that, at worst, learning styles are harmless and at best they improve learning. What damage could the theory of learning styles possibly cause?

If everyone understood how to apply learning styles theory, the answer would be “Very little. In fact, they can do a lot of good.”

Unfortunately, people’s beliefs surrounding learning styles aren’t always accurate. Up to 90% of people believe that learners perform better when taught in their predominant learning style. Yet, the idea that visual learners should only have visually-focused lessons, or that audio lessons require audio-based lessons, is largely a myth. This rigid take on learning styles doesn’t take into account details like course content, the diversity of student needs, and more. 

So, what problems does this belief create?

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies
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4 Things All Curriculum Designers Should Know about Learning Styles

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 13, 2022 8:30:00 AM

 

Description: A young girl with a red laptop sits on a microfiber couch in her home, participating in a Zoom call for school. Photo by Maria Thalassinou.

The concept of learning styles is pervasive in the field of education. Nearly 80% of educators reported that they used or had intentions of using teaching methods that matched the learning styles of their students. 

Despite their ubiquity, learning styles have recently earned a controversial reputation. As a curriculum designer, you may wonder what you should know about learning styles. What are they, where did they come from, and what are the critiques and controversies surrounding this theory? Perhaps most importantly, what are practical takeaways for curriculum designers? Let’s get into it!

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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Where Video Fits into My Kids’ Distance Learning Experience

By Zach Tussing on Apr 10, 2020 6:41:21 AM

As an unprecedented incident, few stakeholders were adequately prepared for the non-school-based education that’s been required in the wake of COVID-19. The crisis has left students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and companies that support them scrambling to adapt to the abrupt virtualization of education. It’s drastically changed the way we educate our children today, and it’s likely to reshape our approaches to education for the long-term.

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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6 Ideas for Integrating Video in Virtual Learning

By Bree Fabig on Mar 19, 2020 7:00:00 AM

No two virtual learning environments are the same, but whatever tools or systems teachers rely on to structure their course there is always a need for incorporating media in new ways. As more classrooms take on a digital space or go fully virtual, a variety of approaches in presenting media—especially video—can help keep the classroom feeling fresh, interactive, and dynamic.

Topics: Video and Digital Literacy Video and Teaching Tools Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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A Guide to Differentiating the Learning Process with Video

By Bree Fabig on Mar 9, 2020 6:45:13 AM

Differentiation is at the forefront of every teacher’s mind. Each student is different and needs to be given the opportunity to learn in ways that work for them. Plus, many schools and districts require proof of differentiated instruction. This can seem like a huge task for teachers but it doesn’t have to be. 

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video
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Video-Focussed Lesson Guides with Boclips for Teachers

By Bree Fabig on Dec 3, 2019 5:20:36 AM

 

Now more than ever, lesson planning prep takes time. With ever-changing standards and curriculums as well as the paradigm shift to new media and video in the classroom, teachers need trusted resources that can save them time. To help teachers bridge the gap between content mastery and digital literacy, we’ve introduced over 80 video focussed Lesson Guides.

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Tips for Using Video
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5 Ways to Appsmash Flipgrid and Boclips

By Nisa Peek on Oct 12, 2018 11:05:53 AM

I am flipping over Flipgrid with Boclips! I want to share some of the #flipgridfever and this is a fever you will want to catch. Below are my top 5 ways to appsmash Flipgrid and Boclips.

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools
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Minecraft and boclips

By Andrea Tolley on Sep 12, 2018 11:49:12 AM

A neat way to use Boclips is to let my students explore places that they will probably never get to go in real life. I mean, in all reality, what percentage of my students will ever have the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower in real life, kiss the Blarney stone, or even visit Niagara Falls for that matter. However, with Boclips, I can take them to these places to explore. They can go most any place that their hearts desire. I can let them choose any location that their heart desires too! That is the beauty of teaching the Microsoft Imagine Academy. Without specific standards per se, I can give the students more voice and choice in what they want to learn about which makes learning more enjoyable for them.

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools