Establishing a Starting Point
With so many terms being used in reference to education technology, staying on top of it all can be frustrating. Here at ConsiderCode we believe in bettering the experience of both educators and students, by providing useful tools inside and outside the classroom to advance the process of higher level education. In this next series we wish to review and discuss modern classroom structures, concepts in education relevant to the developing methods of teaching, and styles of learning.
Blended Learning Types
An overarching term currently used in education is ‘Blended Learning’. Consisting of many uses and methods, so far blended could be face-to-face with little tech use, technology assisted learning, technology facilitated online learning, and everything in between.This methodology has developed as a natural byproduct of technology entering the educational realm. Blended learning is wide umbrella, and as it develops more variations will come to fruition. Use of blended learning models are beneficial for students by fostering differentiated instruction, data driven decisions, accelerated learning and sustainable programs.
Individual Learning Styles
With or without tech integration, a student’s learning style refers to the favored way or manner in which a student most effectively absorbs and processes information taught to them. The most commonly cited categories of learning fall under educational theorist Neil Flemings’s VARK model of Student Learning or refer to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner’s set of learning styles. Both include visual, auditory, and physical/kinesthetic as valid learning styles. Fleming’s model also specifies reading/writing whereas Gardner’s model specifies verbal, logical, and categories in relation to other people (social and solitary).
Group Learning Styles
While it is important to know how students learn as individuals, group learning is an equally important piece of any engaging higher education course. University courses average around 20 – 40 students per classroom. Knowing this we will also be exploring group learning techniques such as think-pair-share, fishbowls, learning teams, etc. Implementing tech tools into group learning is beneficial in seeing how students succeed and struggle in group settings. Integrating new technology and techniques can be a beneficial step away from relying on straight lecturing or a power point.
The underlying purpose of enumerating the categories of these models is the same: to best meet the needs of students so that they can focus, participate, and successfully learn in the classroom.
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