Thursday, March 17, 2011

30 of the Best Educational Tools for Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Learners

I recently read an article on about different learning styles. As the article states, "Auditory learners learn by listening; visual learners learn by seeing; and kinesthetic learners learn by doing." Instructors must be aware of these styles and incorporate them into their instruction. The article offers a selection of free educational tools that can be used by auditory, visual or kinesthetic learners.

Educational Tools for Auditory Learners

Auditory learners tend to learn most effectively through listening. Lectures, oral presentations, music and background sounds are just a few of the things that help auditory learners comprehend and retain more info.
  • Free Audio Books - Audio books can help auditory learners enjoy books and get through their assigned reading. You can get a list of 25 places to find free audio books right here on our site.
  • Audacity - This easy-to-use audio editing software lets you record and edit audio. It is free to use and works across multiple platforms (Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/LINUX.)
  • WavePad - This free sound editing software (for Windows or Mac) allows users to record and edit audio within minutes. Functions are a cinch to use and work with multiple formats.
Click HERE for the additional tools for auditory learners.

Educational Tools for Visual Learners

Visual learners tend to learn best through seeing. Pictures, diagrams, concept maps, symbolism, videos and other visual presentations are just a few of the things that work well in a visual learner's education toolbox.
  • MindMesiter - This mind mapping tool is great for people who want to be able to visualize what they're learning. MindMeister allows users to create, share and manage mind maps online and offline.
  • - is a flash-based brainstorming tool that allows users to chart out thoughts, story ideas and homework. The images that can be created though this free web app will help visual learners learn productively and efficiently.
  • Visuwords - This online graphically-based dictionary is great for visual learners who want to look up the meanings of various words and concepts. Visuwords connects concepts and words to encourage retention
Click HERE for the additional tools for visual learners.

Educational Tools for Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners almost always learn better by doing. Projects, labs, note-taking and other activities that allow participation and a hands-on approach are the best bets for kinesthetic learners.
  • Interactives - This site provides activities, strategies and other concepts that enhance learning skills. Interactives is aimed at grades 6 thru 12, but makes a good tool for kinesthetic learners of all ages.
  • Google SketchUp - This free drawing software from Google allows kinesthetic users to create, modify and share 3D models.
  • MynoteIT - Taking notes is a great way for kinesthetic learners to actively participate in what they are learning. MyNoteIT is a free web app that allows users to take, edit and share notes online.
Click HERE for the additional tools for kinesthetic learners.
Thanks to Debi Crabtree at the Hamilton County Virtual School for sharing this article!

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