“An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings” Howard Gardner (Frames of Mind, 1983).

What is multiple intelligences?

A learning theory developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is based on the belief that each individual has unique intelligences through which he or she is able to learn or teach new information. Initially, Gardner proposed seven intelligences in his book Frames of Mind (1983). Subsequently, he added the naturalist and existential intelligences. Although each human has all nine, no two individuals have the same amount of each. Gardner suggested that intelligence involves problem solving, and producing products in a context-rich and natural setting. This theory has not been widely accepted in the field of academic psychology. However, in has had a positive response from many educators (Smith, 2002).

The nine multiple intelligences:

Dr. Howard Gardner discusses his theory (video from Edutopia, 2009)

Cultivating multiple intelligences in the classroom with technology

Teachers can help enhance students’ intelligence by understanding that individuals learn differently. With appropriate encouragement and instruction, students can develop each intelligence (Gardner, 2009). Technology is a tool used to improve the quality of education and enhance learning for 21st century students through project-based learning and with the understanding on how the mind works and how kids learn (Edutopia, 2009). Meaningful curriculum and assessment options should be embedded in activities and projects (Smith, 2002).

Dr. Howard Gardner discusses educational reform (video from Edutopia, 2009)

Additional links and resources to support teacher instruction

Technological activities, software, and application tools that can help nurture each intelligence, in the digital age
PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Pages, Podcasts, GarageBand, Audacity, Skype, ThinkQuest, photo editing software, Text to Speech, VoiceThread, Wikispaces, Blogger, Listening and viewing podcasts, Digital books, Storytelling
Excel, Numbers, Logo, create a survey with Survey Monkey
iMovie, GarageBand, Audacity, iTunes, ipod, Media Player
Kid Pix, Draw and paint programs, Excel, Create A Graph, United Streaming
Visual brainstorming, organizational tools, charting, and diagramming,

bubbl.us, gliffy, YouTube, Discovery Education, Comic Life, Quicktime, add music to presentations and movies, Podcasts, Iphoto, Photo Booth, Read Write Think: timeline
Notetaker, navigating through software, WII, Ipod Touch, Keyboarding, create video documentaries with imovie, video cameras, record voice, camera
Word processing, Tutorials, Bubbl.us, create slideshows using Powerpoint or Keynote, collaborative Wiki or Blog, Wikispaces, Blogger, Inspiration
Simulation games with chat, online collaboration, Google Doc, chat rooms, ThinkQuest, Skype, VoiceThread, Group Powerpoint or Keynote presentations, slide share, Wikispaces, Blogger
Discovery Education, online encyclopedias, Google earth, virtual explorations, imovie, digital cameras, ipods, video cameras
Google earth, Discovery Education, Podcasts, GarageBand, Powerpoint, Keynote

Concept to Classroom: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences
Professional development workshop that focuses in Multiple Intellegences.
Project Zero:
A project at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard. The research group aims to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity.
The Good Work Project:
A project guided by research questions to find how child development and new digital media relate to how children think and relate to others.

What is your learning style?
Go to either of the following links to find out how you learn best.
Multiple Intelligence Inventory
BGfL Multiple Intelligences
Text to enter your results below.

References Fose, L. (2006). Exploring technology to address multiple intelligences & learning styles. ITS technology and learning services. Retrieved April 15, 2010 from http://www.calpoly.edu/~lfose/articles/Exploring_Technology.pdf.

Gardner, H. (2010). Howard Gardner.
Harvard Graduate School of Education. Retrieved April 13, 2010, from

Owens, E. . (2009). Edutopia: What Works in Public Education.
In an interview with the father of multiple intelligences. Retrieved April 14, 2010, from http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-howard-gardner-interview

Sharp, J, (2008) slideshare.
Multiple Intelligences ICT applications and tools. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/sharpjacqui/multiple-intelligences-diagram April 15, 2010.

Smith, M. K. (2002) 'Howard Gardner and multiple intelligences',
the encyclopedia of informal education, from http://www.infed.org/thinkers/gardner.htm.

Undefined. (2008). College @ Home. In 100 Helpful web tools for every kind of learner. Retrieved April 14, 2010, from http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/06/10/100-helpful-web-tools-for-every-kind-of-learner/.

Undefined. (2004). Concept to Classroom.
In Workshop: Tapping into Multiple Intelligences. Retrieved April 13, 2010, from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/index.html

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Lupe Escobar
Last updated on April 14, 2010