Multimodal Learning

Goal: to explore multimodal learning and teaching methods.

5 Fast Facts

1. As educators we must reinforce relationships and collaboration

2. Treat multimedia as a means and not as an end

    • The goal is to activate students' thinking in multiple ways, using the media best suited to the student and the subject matter at hand

3. Multi-modality directly linked to differentiated instruction

4. Must match learners with various learning environments

5. Multi-modality does not necessarily mean technology use only

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Article Recommendations

Research Review: Multimodal Learning Through Media: From Edutopia

“When learning basic skills, the average student's scores increase with multimodal learning. But the increase is greater when the lesson isn’t interactive. When it comes to acquiring more advanced skills, however, the situation is reversed.”

Multi-modal Learning Through Media

The more different ways you learn something, the more you will remember it! The more different ways you learn something, the more you will genuinely understand it!

Book Recommendations

Multimodality, Learning and Communication a Social Semiotic Frame By: Jeff Bezemer and Gunther Kress

This book theorizes and brings together multimodality, learning and communication through detailed analyses of schools, hospitals and home environments.

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Multimodal Teaching and Learning: The Rhetorics of the Science Classroom By: Gunther Kress, Carey Jewitt, Jon Ogborn, Tsatsarelis Charalampos

This book takes a different look at communication, and in doing so presents a series of challenges. It draws connections to extensive research in science classrooms and presents different ways to communicate.
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Multimodal Resources

Ways for students to brainstorm and organize their ideas:




Online Science Journaling Apps:

Little Memory:



Apps for Multimodal Composition:

Adobe Slate:

Haiku Deck:

Adobe Voice: