I Can Visualize It!... I think. What is a visual learner?
Learn by seeing.
Requires technologies that allow me to see what I’m learning (i.e. videos, YouTube, pictures, etc.)
Shh! Intrapersonal Learner Here! What is an intrapersonal learner?
Learns by themselves in quiet environments that allow them to work out problems individually.
With many of the technologies presented this semester an individual can do them during their own time, thus there are numerous options for intrapersonal learners.
So, What's The Plan? Combining these two types of learning styles, it would be logical for me to say that the three most beneficial learning technologies I can use to enhance my learning in my medical microbiology class are:
Benefit: Students can make playlists of these video lectures and easily organize them on the site. Professors can queue their videos and manage them easily the same way.
Drawback: Inability to download the videos posted, whereas Slideshare allows users to dictate whether their videos can be downloaded.
"Google" It? Is this baby-speak?
Search engines are huge databases of web page files that have been assembled automatically by machine.
Other popular search engines include Yahoo!, bing., and ask.com.
Search engines allow students to type in a keyword, phrase, or name and instantly get websites pertaining to the subject. For example, in the medical microbiology course I could type in “microbiology” in the search bar and get websites that have to do with microbiology.
Biology classes usually assign recent research articles on websites like PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm. nih.gov/pubmed/) to summarize and present.
PubMed is an online database of all published research articles and reviews relating to the field of biology, chemistry, and medicine. Without the search engine on PubMed it would take forever to sift through all the published research articles to find the one that is both interesting and relevant to what you’d want to read.
Wikis Are Wicked!
Definition: Web pages of research summarized to highlight key points of information from various sources and can be contributed to by numerous people from the public.
Allow for independent gathering of information and usually give some sort of picture or visual for the person to see on the page of interest.
Wikis help the research process because they are brief and summarized giving a general idea.
For example, I recently read a research article about Fanconi anemia. Before reading the article I immediately went to Wikipedia to search “Fanconi anemia” to find out what kind of disease it was and how it worked biologically.