Today at UWA we had a symposium on Multiple Intelligences that included our visiting Fulbright scholar, Dr. Don Van Chau, Dr. Richard Fowler, Dr. Andrea Minear, and Dr. Penny Wallin. I found the research that Dr. Don (as he prefers to be called) shared to be especially enlightening with how motivating addressing intelligences beyond verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical was even for university students. I was intrigued that the teachers in the EFL classrooms at his university in Vietnam simply incorporated MI strategies into their courses rather than having each student take an MI Inventory. I also was interested in his definition of collaboration which to me was really collective, whole group work rather than cooperation and working together that I think of when I think of collaboration. (I also thought it was interesting that all of his percentages added up to 100%; I know that it is not important, but mine never added up that neatly so I noticed.) I was also introduced to another name besides Howard Gardner in the MI field which was Thomas Armstrong.
Dr. Don and the other panelists also discussed the idea of tapping into what students enjoy doing in order to get them to learn information for class. I have used Multiple Intelligences theory in classes before, but I have not considered using it in my Technology and Education classes until now. I think I will give an online MI survey to my undergraduate class tomorrow and post the results in a comment. In my undergraduate class, I will also try to offer more choices of technology activities to assess the attainment of objectives. And in my graduate classes, I will do the same with the online survey but have them share ways they could use MI activities in their classrooms. I hope that these changes will create more conversation about learning and teaching in my classes.
Here is a list of technology and Multiple Intelligence activities that the symposium brought to my mind:
|Math-Logic||Creating Timelines and Charts||Google Docs Spreadsheets|
|Spatial||Drawing||Make Beliefs Comix|
|Musical||Math Rap Videos||Flocabulary Math Rap|
|Interpersonal||Creating "FaceBook" like Pages for Book Characters||My Fake Wall|
|Intrapersonal||Blogging||Kidblog, Edublogs, or Blogger|
|Naturalist||Viewing nature around the world via webcams and Virtual Field Trips||Webcams and Virtual Field Trips|
I would like to say that after reading through the Fulbright Lecturers List in the fall I chose Dr. Don Van Chau as my first choice because of his research topic of Multiple Intelligence Theory. I am very pleased that UWA invited him to speak on campus this year; I truly enjoyed his talk and have been inspired to integrate Multiple Intelligence Theory into my technology courses.