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Most of us are familiar with Howard Gardner’s work in multiple intelligences, and many of us already incorporate his theories into our classrooms on a regular basis. (If you’re less familiar with MI, check out this website, which gives a helpful overview of the theory. You can also learn more about multiple intelligences with this compilation of resources.)
The basic idea is this: We all learn in our own unique ways. Intelligence, according to Gardner, is “the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued.” Gardner and his fellow philosophers in the field argue that there are nine foundational intelligences (and the list may continue to grow):
We can use our students’ multiple ways of learning to enrich the experience—and
effectiveness—of classroom learning. When we combine educational technology with MI theory, we can offer our students a whole new way of teaching.
Check out the following resources for how to use technology to enrich MI learning in your classroom:
- Integrating Technology with Multiple Intelligences
- Eduscapes’ Overview of Technology & Multiple Intelligences
- Education World: “Howard Gardner’s MI: A Theory for Everyone”
What kind of learner are you? How does your own learning style influence your teaching practice? What tips, ideas, or resources do you have for using educational technology to teach to multiple intelligences?