Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, an educator, or an observer of human behavior, you know everyone is different. Yes, most people have two eyes, a nose, a mouth, arms, and legs but, beyond that, each person is unique.
We all have sensory input channels that convey information. But, we perceive objects differently, hear distinct subtleties of sound, respond uniquely to aromas and flavors, and experience touch individually. Our disparate response happens even when the source information is the same.
Our varied input channels are further differentiated by brain function. Brains receive and process information in very different ways producing diverse understanding and response. This happens even when the source information is the same.
A one-size-fits all approach to learning ignores these differences. And, always has. Yet, until recently, we’ve had few resources to enable each learner to take advantage of his/her unique style of learning. Much time and energy has been lost as a result. Creative, productive talent is wasted.
New technologies help bridge the gap between how a person learns and a delivery system appropriate to that learning style. Are we there yet? No. But, we’re doing much better and unlocking potential in people that might have been untapped in the past.
Interactive reading materials are one link in the chain toward more complete learning/communicating. That’s why I’m thrilled to be creating some of the early materials using multi-media options that offer choices to learners. Choices that recognize differences in intelligence, social, emotional, and cultural orientations, learning styles, interests, and initiatives.
Interactive reading materials designed today will be passé very quickly. But, they are the building blocks to better and more effective means of sharing information, communicating, and learning. It’s great to be started and exciting to ponder how even more effective materials will evolve.