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Synthesis Project: Multimedia/ Interactive Learning

  1. 1. Synthesis Project:Multimedia/ Interactive Learning Andre Camaisa ITEC299
  2. 2. Personal Learning PreferanceWhen I first took the learning preference survey at the beginningof this class, I received a very accurate score of what I expected mylearning preference to be. I scored 1 in “reflective”, 3 in “sensing”,5 in “visual”, and 1 in “global”. At the end of the class, my thinkingdefinitely changed as a visual learner. This class not only helped mewith choosing helpful learning preference, but it also broadenedmy understanding of the different ways I could learn as a visuallearner. I now know multiple strategies and online tools to help aidin my learning as a visual learner. Even though I am mostly a visuallearner, I learned how to incorporate the other learningpreferences such as sensing to enhance and better my learningexperience. Knowing about different learning preferences makes ahuge difference in my academic success because I finally havemultiple ways to study and get information in my head an easierway. Andre Camaisa
  3. 3. Learning PathwayThe learning pathway that I chose at the beginning of theclass was “Learning Sage”. I was definitely able to get abroader understanding of multimedia technologiesthrough the different kinds of learning quests that wasassigned. I already knew what screencasts, multimedia,and podcasts were. However, I never knew you can utilizethem in learning! Through the learning quests, I was ableto broaden my knowledge about the different websitesand tools you can use such as Screenr, iStore Podcasts,and Camtasia to further aid my learning experience. Ididn’t change my pathway since I was already familiarwith these type of technologies. As a learning sage, I wasable to discover the different websites and apps and learnhow to actually make a multimedia project. Andre Camaisa
  4. 4. ActivitiesAn activity that helped me get a broader understanding of howto use a multimedia technology to learn would have to be thepodcasts activity. This activity helped because I was able tolearn more about podcasts and specifically where I can searchto find a subject that I would like to learn more of. It is also thepodcasts activity that gave me a deeper understanding of howto use a multimedia technology to learn. I learned the differenttypes of podcasts you can search for and can make. The activitythat worked best for learning with others was the screencastsactivity. I learned that you can use 3rd party websites to host ascreencast project and from there work on it with groupmembers. They can edit it at the same time at anytime theywant and also post comments for discussion. Andre Camaisa
  5. 5. Top 3 Mobile Technologies: Screencasts As I explored screencasts for my own learning, I found that having a visual with an audio of the words at the same time was more efficient in its use. I came to this conclusion through hypothesizing whether or not it would be better to have the video with the screen cast. This, I compared with the efficiency of viewing still images only. Through my exploration, I found that the screencasts help with engaging the learner and understanding better. The combination of visual and audio help with the engagement of learning, as the idea of screen casting sets everything systematically in the brain. The emphasis of screen casting is the visual component, however, the additional audio aids and words on the screen create a clever learning environment. Andre Camaisa
  6. 6. Top 3 Mobile Technologies: Ipad/Tablet Being an owner of an iPad, I do find this tool helpful in many ways. The variety that the iPads provide with their respected features enable users to search information, download applications, create documents, organize their lives, play games, assist with banking, and more. Though I must admit, I felt a bit uneasy about using such an advance technology because of how traditional I am. I like reading books with pages on hand and having a hard copy calendar. However, discovering the amazing features of the iPad changed my perspective and opened my eyes to the advantages of the product. Not only does the iPad provide everything in one place, but the design itself presents an advantage. The images are clear, the sound is clear and audible, and the instructions make using the product easy for all ages to understand. In conclusion, I would say that iPads/Tablets make learning more enjoyable and sufficient. Andre Camaisa
  7. 7. Top 3 MobileTechnologies: PodcastsUpon learning about podcasts, I was familiar with this form oflearning. Podcasts are basically digital files that are shared throughcomputers, media players, laptops, and others. These are mostcommonly seen in iTunes stores and consist of a variety todownload. For example, one can download the NPR or NBC videopodcasts. These and other topics provide visual and/or audiomultimedia content to users. For my own acquirements, I exploredthe educational podcasts to help understand the concept of ascience assignment better. I first experimented with using just anaudio podcast, but I concluded that I am more of a visual learner. Asa result, I used the visual type of podcasting and it was morehelpful to me as opposed to the audio. Furthermore, a feature I likeabout podcasting is the option of rewinding and fast forwarding.Repetition is also a way for me to learn and by rewinding and fastforwarding; I was able to completely understand the conceptthrough podcasting. Andre Camaisa
  8. 8. Synthesize Your ExperianceThe multimedia technology that interested me the most forlearning were the screencasts. I thought how interesting it wasthat you could make a slideshow with voiceover so easily. Itamazes me how easy it is to do it and its free! The multimediatechnology that surprised me the most as learning tools waspodcasts. I thought podcasts were only produced as soundmp3’s. However, I now have learned that there are podcasts outthere with a video visual also! In addition, apple has a searchengine for podcasts made by regular people. If I ever need moreclarification about a certain subject, I simply search a keywordin the podcast search engine and many results pop up. I want toget more into learning about how to make podcasts. It alwaysinterested me to learn how to put certain images over an audiodisplay professionally. Andre Camaisa
  9. 9. Synthesize Your Experience (cont.) A social technology that worked best for my learningwas Google+ and Google Docs. This worked greatespecially with group projects. It allowed any member ofthe group to add on new information at anytime theywanted. It also updated information in real time soeveryone can stay up to date with the latest information.Since I am a visual learner, the app allows users to postany type of media to share in our document. It supports awide range of multimedia, which is another reason why Ilike Google+ along with Google Docs. These types of socialtechnology allow us to engage more with our peers andwork better together as a team. Andre Camaisa
  10. 10. Learning After the SemesterThe multimedia learning strategies I will continue to useafter this class is podcasts. After using the podcast searchengine, I feel like any topic your search; a good amount ofresults will pop up. Podcasts will be helpful outside ofschool if you need help doing a specific task. They havemany tutorials on the podcast list where you can followinstructions step by step. They are very informative andprovide a lot of useful information. There are also a lot ofpodcasts that talk about improving yourself as a person.This could help you if you are a working person and wantto improve your productivity at work. Andre Camaisa
  11. 11. Learning After the Semester (cont.) A multimedia technology that I will continue to use forlearning even after this class is multimedia in general. There areso many information and tutorials that are YouTube, applepodcasts, Vimeo, etc. Since I am a visual learner, I tend toengage more when I see a video because I can really put thepieces together in my mind. There is a math professor I followon YouTube that teaches me several useful strategies I can usesince I am currently taking calculus. I always use YouTube as amultimedia technology even for non-learning. It is just veryentertaining and sometimes you can get something out of it. Iwouldn’t avoid any of the multimedia technologies I havelearned. All of them seem useful and exciting in one way oranother. Andre Camaisa