Saturday, August 1, 2009

Power Point and Multiple Intelligences...

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Howard Gardner`s theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) evolved around the same time of the evolution `new technologies`, (Gardner, 2008). M.I. basic principle is people `know` things differently, and at this present moment there eight M.I.`s, yet that does not mean there are not more ways of knowing.
When trying to relate the technologies in this course and the use of it in education, especially technology that is unknown, I found myself stumbling along. Until the Power Point section, I have personally experienced as a student and Learning Manager in training with the use of this type of technology. Power Point is not only a great teaching tool, it is also a great learning tool -meaning students can work together to create and present a project.
Although, after considerable research on the previous technologies mentioned in this Blog, I find Power Point to be the one that attaches itself well to Gardners M.I. Theory and Kearsley and Shneidermans Engagement Theory (1998). For instance, no one person according to Gardner (2008) has the exact same learning style, which leads to diversity. Mix that diversity with the Engagement Theory of relate, create and donate. Bring it together with Power Point that can be used as a presentation, sent by email or viewed on Learning Management Systems such as Moodle and the students win.
They have been engaged and their individual learning styles are utilised in the group effort. But the most positive point I see is if it is done in an education setting and not over the Internet, then all students can participate without being ostracised for not having Internet access outside of school, yes the end product could be put online, but the creation does not necessarily require constant Internet access.


Gardner, H. (2008). M.I. after 20 years. Retrieved September 1, 2009, from
Kearsley, G., & Shneiderman, B. (2008). Engagement theory: a framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved September 1, 2009, from

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