Using Technology to Our Advantage
Together We Can Bridge the Gap between Technology and Interactive Learning
Let's face facts. Today's technology allows children to learn about other countries, animals, events, people, cultures, and life outside their own homes simply by sitting in front of a computer or mobile device and using a quality search engine.
We can see the world through a computer screen-hear what other languages sound like and get a glimpse into life outside of our own without leaving our own backyard. Children are attracted to technology because it is fun to use, engaging, and right at their fingertips. And everyone is doing it.
KnowleMedia wants to embrace technology to engage children in interactive learning, anytime, anywhere.
The Benefits of Technology and Kids' Learning
Today's technical advances take kids' learning to an entire new level. The emergence of smart phones and tablets makes our platform a reality by allowing children to learn from these devices and to use these devices to create their own learning experiences. Our platform provides several benefits such as:
- Cultivating good learning habits by kids
- Encouraging them to pay attention to their surroundings
- Instilling a sense of curiosity and desire to learn about their surroundings
- Promoting a better relationship between parents and kids by creating ebooks about their own lives and surroundings
- Encouraging children to comprehend their surrounding better by demonstrating real life experiences with on-site exhibits at museums, zoos, local events and the re-telling of these events through their ebooks
How Do Kids Learn Best?
Studies Show Kids Learn Differently, and KnowleMedia Supports this through Interactive Learning Activities
Reagan listens with eagerness as the preschool teacher reads her a story. Lily looks at the pages of the book, eager to discover the next sequence of events in the tale. Connor, Josh, and Tyler poke each other, distracting Hailey, who is also eagerly listening to the story and now has lost focus. Justin’s eyes wander to the windows, much more fascinated by the red-winged bird collecting sticks and strings. He wants to watch her collect her nest-making material instead of listening to the teacher. Ryan’s attention falls to the crawling insect in front of his red circle on the mat, and he whispers to his best friend, Jayden, who lost focus once the teacher switched from playing with PlayDoh to sitting still to listen to a story. It’s a known fact that kids learn differently. Studies by such child psychologists as Dr. Gardner and his theory of Multiple Intelligences suggest that children learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways. As a child, we all remember being stimulated or turned off by different ways of learning.
Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Gardner’s studies show that kids possess varying amounts of strength in eight areas: spatial intelligence, linguistic intelligence, musical intelligence, logistical-mathematical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, and naturalistic intelligence. kids like to look at videos, posters, draw, put puzzles together, and work with designs and color. kids like to tell stories, play word games, read, write, play with sounds. Musical Intelligence: kids prefer using musical instruments and play with rhythm, enjoy listening to recorded songs and stories and poetry. kids love to solve brain teasers, work with numbers, and play computer games. kids want to act, role play, do art, and use hands and body part during activities. kids who fall into this category like to play in a group and be a leader. kids enjoy working independently, use their imagination, observe, listen and reflect kids want to be outdoors and look at the plants, animals, weather, stars, use learning equipment such as binoculars and magnifying glasses, keep a journal of their findings.
Dr. Rita Dunn’s Learning Styles Model
Dr. Rita Dunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Learning and Teaching Styles at St. John’s University, takes learning a step farther in her Learning Styles Model. Dr. Dunn suggests that kids’ learning is affected by their environment, emotions, and sociological, physical, and psychological factors.
According to Dr. Dunn, kids most definitely have a preference to learning in different conditions and environments. Light, sound, temperature, and even the place they learn-bean bag versus sitting up right or on a carpet-has a direct effect on how children learn best. Some kids are self-motivated, others need encouragement, some work independently, and others need more direction. One kid may learn better on her own or a group setting might be better for another child. Do not estimate the power of food or drink when learning! Some children absorb information when they are simultaneously eating or drinking, while some don’t. Kids’ needs are different when it comes to the time of day. Just like adults, some perform better in the morning while others are focused more in the evening. Movement is a huge stimulus for many kids while others learn from seeing or hearing. Some kids can pick up a task when presented in one part while others need time to reflect and have things broken down. Science concurs that right-brained learners prefer the arts while left-brained learners enjoy math. To read the entire article, follow this link.
Employing these Models to KnowleMedia
At KnowleMedia, we design our activities around these learning models, firmly believing from our own experience and backed up by educators and child psychologists that children learn best when they are exposed to a variety of stimulus and allowed to learn in a variety of ways. We focus our flashcards, interactive games, books, and quizzes on kids between the ages of 3-8, but we firmly believe that anyone ages 1-100+ can learn anytime, anywhere! By exposing kids to what they are interested in, whether it’s sports, bugs, birds, computers, space, animals, and giving them different sources of learning, our intention is to allow them the opportunity to be exposed to what interests them so learning is fun and exciting.
Supporting the Concept that Kids Learn Differently
At KnowleMedia, our emphasis is that children learn best in the surrounding of their choosing and when exposed to their interests. That’s why our picture books bring learning to you-the beach, restaurants you’ve been to, the playground, the library, camping, and family trips. Kids can remember how the waves sounded, the dirt felt, the marshmallow tasted, the icy snow felt-all because they have a remembrance of their experience at their fingertips whenever and wherever with our interactive activities and picture books.
When children participate in activities and then are allowed to interact with these activities anytime, anywhere, they are in charge of their own learning. Through our models, we incorporate the different methods of learning and then set the children free to do these activities in their own environment and under their own choosing.
KnowleMedia is proud to support the different learning models, and we respect that even with our own children, we recognize that children learn differently. We want to bring our experience to you and to allow your children to be exposed to the excitement, fun, and adventures our children have.