Week 9: Learner Preferences

I am definitely a visual learner. I have always known I was a visual learner. All throughout school, I have always preferred reading as opposed to listening to lectures. Whenever trying to spell a word, I either try to visualize it or preferably I write it down. One of the best strategies for visual learners is the creation of graphic organizers and mind maps to help organize information and concepts. MindMeister is a great tool to be able to do this. Users can create mind maps for brainstorming, note taking, and many other creative tasks. Visuwords is another great tool for visual learners. It is a dictionary that produces diagrams to demonstrate a word’s meaning by connecting it to other words and concepts. When reading text it is important to be able to highlight and annotate notes even when online. Evernote is a great app for note taking. Users can snap a picture, create a sketch, highlight, and more. It is an online service, so it is available wherever you go. The last tool I am going to mention for visual learners is Pics4Learning. It is a picture library that is safe and free for educators and students to use. The pictures are copyright-friendly for educational use.

Auditory learners are fairly opposite from visual learners. They learn best when they hear information rather than seeing it. This can be a little more tricky in an online setting. Auditory learners can benefit from instructors giving lectures and oral presentations using tools such as Screencast-O-Matic or Adobe Spark Video or live meetings through tools such as Skype. Auditory learners can also sometimes benefit from having some background noise or music while working. Playlist is an app that allows users to listen to music live with friends. Pandora is also a site that allows people to listen to music that fits their taste. Users can create “channels” that plays music based on a particular style, song, or artist.

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