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ERIC Number: ED332268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
Learning Styles and Computers.
Geisert, Gene; Dunn, Rita
Although the use of computers in the classroom has been heralded as a major breakthrough in education, many educators have yet to use computers to their fullest advantage. This is perhaps due to the traditional assumption that students differed only in their speed of learning. However, new research indicates that students differ in their style of learning as well--some preferring visual information; others, auditory or tactile. A new generation of computer software that can be tailored to a student's preferences has been developed, and its use in the classroom has yielded dramatic results. For instance, Thinking Networks has developed a program designed to help improve writing skills--skills that are notoriously poor among many students. By presenting nonverbal graphic images that symbolize semantic relationships, this program is immediately accessible to many visually-oriented students. The program also develops basic thinking operations, such as sequencing, organizing, comparing, and contrasting, and can be tailored to students' preferences in a number of other ways as well. Through the thoughtful use of computers and Computer Managed Instruction, technology can serve the needs of education in a way no other tool can. (RJS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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