Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Learning Styles and E-Books

E-books or paper books? Could your personal preference have to do with your learning style?
If you think about it, e-books make sense: they save paper and shipping cost, you can store them mor eeasily, you can carry a thousand of them in your handbag.

Moreover, many e-readers come with an Integrated Dictionary, which allows you to look up words you’re not sure of. The Text To Speech function will read out the text for you, ultimately turning your e-book into an audio book. Colour displays are available on some e-readers. At the moment, you have a choice of bright colour with a computer-like screen (thus losing the like-paper look of e-paper display e-readers), or faded colours with an e-paper display that’s easy on the eyes.

So while the trend towards accepting e-books is continuing, you have to wonder why e-books have not taken over the book world completely. The answer lies in people's preferences, and those can be best illustrated using the framework of learning style elements.

If your learning style displays a strong preference for reading (as opposed to listening), the audio feature of the e-reader is not going to do anything for you. If your learning style indicates a preference for kinesthetic internal input, you may discover you're sentimental and don't want to part with paper books. Similarly, if your learning style has non-preference for change, switching from paper to electronic format is going to cause you stress.

Fortunately, paper books ar enot going anywhere for now.

Did you know?

Most e-readers currently available are made for adults. If your children read chapter books, those e-readers are great for them. Younger children, however, will benefit from bright colourful graphics, easy navigation, sturdiness and minimal weight of e-readers made especially for children, like VTech’s V.Reader. Its e-books are full of colour, animation, sounds and bubbly music.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Three bad habits that may be good

1. Chewing

Does your child chew her collar, her nails or the pen when she’s concentrating? According to Barbara Prashnig, a world expert in education and the director of Auckland-based Creative Learning Systems, chewing may actually help your child understand the world better. Children’s learning ability is often enhanced by the action of chewing.

2. Wriggling around

Mobility is another important aspect of a child’s learning style. If your child wriggles when asked to sit still, or runs around in circles while you’re trying to talk to him, chances are, he simply needs to move around in order to listen better.

To find out if that’s the case, ask him what you said while he was moving around, seemingly not paying attention. If he can repeat it, it means that mobility is part of his learning process. Remember to talk to his teachers when he starts school and warn them that your child is not being naughty, on the contrary, he’s trying to listen when he wriggles.

3. Asking “why?”

If your child asks, “Why do I have to?”, it’s probably because she genuinely needs to know. Children whose brains work in a holistic fashion need to be given the overall picture before they can focus on the details.

Today it’s: “Why should I clean my room?” Tomorrow it may be: “Why is there no cure for cancer and why don't I try to find it?”

Your child’s learning style consists of 49 elements. Find out your child's unique strengths here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What does your classroom look like?

Do you still remember the squeak of chalk at school and blackboards that were black? Passing notes? Waiting for the bell to ring? Can you picture the bleak rows of desks, carved by generations of bored students into hearts and slogans? Can you feel the heat pulsating from the coal furnace? Ok, maybe not coal furnace....

What's changed since then? In first-world countries, blackboards have turned white and multimedia; classrooms have heat pumps and new desks. In developing countries, children sit on the floor and they don't have textbooks. But is that such a bad thing?

Not at all, according to Barbara Prashnig, an international expert in education and learning according to your strengths. Some children actually exhibit a learning style preference for learning in a more relaxed environment, away from the formality a desk and an upright posture brings. Similarly, lots of children don't well learn from books, preferring instead to listen to the teacher's stories and applying the lesson to real life examples.

What does your child prefer: floor or desk? Textbook, video, or field trip? Find out today.

Friday, August 10, 2012

News Flash!!! New Group Profiles!!!

This is what everybody's been asking for, and we've delivered. The only of its kind in the world, our new-look free Group Profiles provide you with totally novel insights into your class and your students' learning.

A group profile is a summary of all the learning strengths and flexibilities in your class. It explains what makes pupils:

· misbehave,

· fail to do their homework,

· do poorly in tests,

· hand in their projects late.

Creative Learning instruments for assessing Learning Styles identify 48 learning elements. That’s a lot of information to remember per student! Group Profiles give teachers a snapshot of their students’ learning needs and pitfalls.

Would you like to see a sample? Email us, or log into your account and click on any existing Learning Style group profile. That's right! The changes are already implemented, so there's no need for you to upgrade anything. And yes, it's free!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Learning A Language With Learning Styles

Learning a foreign language is tough. While children seem to thrive on being thrown into the deep end of a foreign-language playground or classroom, only to emerge a few months later speaking like a native, few adults benefit from such a full-immersion experience.

The reason lies in our own individual Learning Style. If you don't like talking to strangers even in your home language, a foreign language course that requires conversation with your classmates is not going to be for you. If your learning style makes you hate memorising long lists of words, attending a foreign language course which tests your vocabulary on a regular basis is going to be counter-productive. If you don't learn visually, watching foreign movies is going to leave you cold.

Do you know how you learn best? Find out.