The MI's in online learning

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Teaching for multiple intellgences

Since this blog began by discovering how technologies can be used to cater for a multiply intelligent audience, I think this site deserves to be listed and quoted here:
Do Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners Need Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Instruction?

I quote the beginning of the article by Daniel T. Willingham:

Question: What does cognitive science tell us about the existence of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners and the best way to teach them?

The idea that people may differ in their ability to learn new material depending on its modality—that is, whether the child hears it, sees it, or touches it—has been tested for over 100 years. And the idea that these differences might prove useful in the classroom has been around for at least 40 years.

What cognitive science has taught us is that children do differ in their abilities with different modalities, but teaching the child in his best modality doesn’t affect his educational achievement. What does matter is whether the child is taught in the content’s best modality. All students learn more when content drives the choice of modality. In this column, I will describe some of the research on matching modality strength to the modality of instruction. I will also address why the idea of tailoring instruction to a student’s best modality is so enduring—despite substantial evidence that it is wrong.

Now that's an interesting statement. I can strongly recommend having a look at the details!


Sunday, April 08, 2007

Eier tütschen

A special Swiss tradition.
First you and an opponent each take a hard-boiled egg. Each person holds the egg -pointy side to pointy side, round side to round side- and hit them together. The egg that brakes is the loser. You can use the other side and try it again or find another opponent.
Then, of course, you eat the egg!

Happy Easter!!!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007


On the Sunday we have Easter. We hide Easter Eggs and Chocolate rabbits. The kids search for the eggs and the rabbits. We play a game with eggs, called " Eiertütschi " Two Peoples take cooked eggs and hit them together. The loser is the player has a brocken egg.

Happy easter
Louis and Simon :-) :-s

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Answers to the comments

Thank you everyone for your comments. My pupils were VERY surprised and happy to get so many repsonses from all over the world.
Now I'll let them answer some of the questions you asked.
(btw- this is a picture of school carneval in the neighbourhood I live with my son the pinguin :-))

We got comments from Spain, U.S.A. , Argentina, Canada, Sudan, Brasil, Romania, Portugal, Germany.

We learnt Sibiu is near Transylvanien Alps in Romania; the Nile flows through Sudan; Toronto is near New York; Key West is an Island in Florida.

Dennis from Germany -We found out how old you are !!!
We are friends. We go together to Judo.
To both Dennises -What was your favourite subject to teach ?

Louis: My hobbys are Computer, drawing, judo
Simon: My hobbys are judo, saxophone, reading and computer

it is very warm in Lucern. Its 17 °C. Its spring.

Good Bye simon and louis

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Simon and Louis

Louis Simon

After a reflective phase (see last post) I've decided to give an example of how a blog can be used for interaction, building up contact.

Two of my private students are introducing themselves below.
Take a moment to read and write a comment to them. They would love to hear from you!

Hello We are from Switzerland near Luzern (Lucerne).

My name is Simon and I am 12 years old . I go in the 6th class.

I go to the “Hübeli” in Emmenbrücke.

My favourite subjects are maths,

Sciences and gym.

I have 6 teachers. I like all of them.

My name is Louis and I am 13 years old !!

I go in the 7th class.

I go to the Erlen school.

My favourite subjects are maths, history and arts.

I have 7 teachers. I like most of them.

But one is very :-( .

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


After a long stretch of quiet, the time has come to reflect on what this blog is about. I realized after a while that it wasn't really the internet tools so much as the blogging tools I was discovering in connection with the multiple intelligences.
Now I am wondering how and if I should continue. This is a start. If it leads somewhere, then it will certainly take me some place, but I won't push it.
We'll see.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Another coffee break!

It's time to go back two steps in order to go forwards one. I am returning to the topic of body smartness, that is, using webcams in order to convey body language and meaning.
I'm sure there are better ways to do this than talking with your mouth full, but for a first video I think this will do to illustrate the point.

I do hope you enjoy this post, and - oh, why don't you get yourself a cup of coffee to watch it with!