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Technological influences on the teaching and learning styles in education

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Technological influences on the teaching and learning styles in education. Teaching styles and learning styles in education are essential to academic success. In the last three decades technology has both influenced and enhanced education. Formal Authority, Demonstrator, Facilitator, and Delegator are teaching styles which have been manipulated and enhanced by technological advances. In addition, Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning styles have also been manipulated and enhanced by advances in technology. Technology has both influenced and improved teaching and learning styles within the system of education. Before focusing on technology and its influence in education it is important to describe the four main teaching styles. One style is the Formal authority teaching style. It's used by educators who utilize a style primarily focused on a teacher centered environment (the flow of content is heavily emphasized). In this method the educator does not try to build a personal relationship with the students, nor does the educator try to enforce the class to participate. The main focus of this style is the maintenance of a continuous controlled flow of information. The primary goal is to tell students what to think and not formulate their own conclusion. An example of this method is a traditional lecture. (http://members.shaw.ca/mdde615/tchstyles.htm), (http://vudat.msu.edu/teach_styles/), Tkatchev 2 (http://teachvu.vu.msu.edu/public/designers/teaching_and_learning/index.php?page_num=4) The second teaching style is the Demonstrator or personal model teaching style. It's used by educators who also utilize a style primarily focused on a teacher centered environment. ...read more.


Some careers that suit visual learners best are executive positions in which the visions of the future are important, architecture, engineering and surgery.\(http://members.shaw.ca/mdde615/lrnstyles.htm), Tkatchev 4 (http://vudat.msu.edu/learning/),(http://teachvu.vu.msu.edu/public/designers/teaching_and_learning/index.php?page_num=3) Secondly, Auditory learners can best be described as learners who learn best when an oral component is present. For example, verbal lectures, discussions, and face to face instructions are critical components of the student's ability to comprehend the material. They think in pictures; information is filtered and stored with a picture around it. They comprehend material when they listen to the voice, tone and speed of the educator. They sit where they can hear well. Written information is meaningless until it is heard (read aloud). Auditory learners are easily distracted by excess noise. Furthermore, they may not coordinate color clothes but they can explain the reason they wore it. A career which would suit an auditory learner might be pathology, a disk jockey or a musician. (http://members.shaw.ca/mdde615/lrnstyles.htm), (http://vudat.msu.edu/learning/), (http://teachvu.vu.msu.edu/public/designers/teaching_and_learning/index.php?page_num=3) The last of three learning styles is the Kinesthetic style. Kinesthetic or tactical learners can best be described as learners who learn best through a hands-on approach. For example, to be physical and emotional is a very critical part to the student's ability to comprehend the material. They find it hard to sit still, they need to be active. In addition, they tend to speak with their hands. They hate classrooms where there is no technical hands-on experience. ...read more.


(http://www.nsba.org/sbot/toolkit/tiol.html) Also the reason teaching styles and learning styles have been changed is due to the accessibility of technology. Whether it's one or multiple computer inside the classroom, overhead projectors, or even VCR/DVD players, technology is ubiquitous. In addition it's accessible to both students and teachers. If one can't afford a PC for domestic personal use. One can use a computer in a school or public library. Whether it's to research a particular topic or use PowerPoint for a class presentation. Technology has influenced as well as enhanced the way educators teach and the way students learn. First, Formal authority style teachers can use audio equipment in order to enhance the effects of their class. Second, Demonstrator style teachers can use overhead projectors, as well as other software and hardware to increase the effects of their content. Third, facilitator and delegator style teachers can use a wide variety of Tkatchev 7 software and hardware devices to increase the impact of their class on their students. Furthermore Students who are visual and Auditory learners benefit from all the possible visual equipment that is available in the modern classroom. Lastly, kinesthetic learners benefit from the technical equipment in the classrooms, such as the various technical schools that offer technical training. To see what technology has done for the modern classroom in the past five years, one can only wonder what technology will do in the next decade. ...read more.

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