1. Melissa Sotto 2. At the beginning of the class my scores for the learning preferences were Active-‐9, Sensory-‐3, Visual-‐9 and Global-‐11. By the end of class my thinking has changed about my learning preferences because I realized it is ok to learn differently than others and I should embrace the difference to maximize my education. By the end of class my thinking has changed about learning preferences because I realize that everyone learns in their own ways and what works for some may not work for others. Having discovered my strengths and weaknesses it has definitely made a difference in my personal learning successes. Knowing that I scored very highly on being an active learner and a global learner brought to light the fact that in order for me to gain the most of learning I need to be an active learner and link things I learn to the bigger picture. 3. The learning pathway I chose at the beginning of class was Learning Warrior to improve personal growth with fewer technologies. I came into this class hoping to learn more about the technologies I already know about, but ended up changing it throughout the semester to Learning Sage because I feel like it was more useful having to get a broader investigation into more technologies. I really like technology and this class introduced more technologies and the uses of them for learning than I had known. 4. The activities that I found particularly helpful were the ones specified in the benefits of social media and networking because they were presented in a more useful way rather than for just entertainment purposes. I think it was great to have the “helpful links” as well that provided websites as additional resources. These helped by shifting my thinking of social networks only being for personal matters. One of the activities that specifically helped me get a deeper understanding of how to use a social technology was the predict, use and evaluate activity with microblogs and how we can use twitter feeds from credible sources as real time information providers. The most helpful activity that worked best for my learning preferences was the predict, use and evaluate activity in which you use the social networking site wiseearth.org to interact with others and learn more about environmental issues. I think this is a great way to learn because with most people nowadays knowing their way around social networking sites, they can use it to learn. 5. The top three social technologies I explored for this class are Ipads, Microblogs and Ipods. Ipads accommodate my learning strategies best because it was the most interactive than the other two technologies. Specifically being able to control the outcome and strategize is what accommodates my learning preference best. The learning preference it accomdates best are active and visual and depending on what I am using it for, global. Microblogs accommodate my learning preferences less than IPads but I think it is very effective nonetheless.
6. The social technologies that interested me the most as learning tools were Iphone/Ipod and Microblogs. What surprised me as a learning tool was the microblogs. Before taking this class I didn’t know what a microblog was or that twitter could be considered a microblog and be used for learning. I am still a little unsure on how facebook could be useful for learning. I saw that maybe creating a facebook profile for a historical figure could be helpful for a 5th grade biography report, but not so much useful to me as a college student. A social technology I would like to explore further is microblogs. I think that if utilized correctly it can change learning entirely and interaction. Knowing that we are able to get updates about things that matter, not just what a person is particularly thinking at that given moment, but actual news is amazing. I would like to explore other educational microbloggers. Since I am an active learner I like the idea of microblogging and following news casts to get real time updates. Being able to retweet information and interact with someone in real time is especially helpful for a learner like myself. Another social technology that worked best for my learning preference was the human anatomy application to actively learn and the California state budget activity in which you can make your own budget and visually see where the money goes. These interactive activities gave me the ability to utilize my strongest learning preferences as an active learner and a global learner. 7. Since this is my last semester at SFSU I will not get a chance to use learning strategies for another class but I am able to utilize them at work. I am currently working for a firm that is very detail-‐oriented and focuses on making sure all the employees know what is being done. A learning strategy that I will use not only here but for future jobs as well is to retain the information by learning why (globally) it is important to do things the way they are supposed to be and ask as many questions I have. I find it helpful to ask questions and be interactive in the learning process works best for me rather than taking notes similar to a lecture style. Social technologies that I will continue to use after this class for learning are definitely twitter and MMOG’s. I am really interested in using MMOG’s since it is very interactive and useful at the same time. One of my favorite “predict, use and evaluate” projects was the Cuban missile exercise that reacted to everything I input and gave me an end result. I liked this because I was able to learn multiple things and it provided me with the ability to use strategic planning. Social technologies I will continue using for non-‐learning purposes is facebook and instagram; I didn’t really see how useful they were to learning. Social technologies that I probably won’t be using after this class for learning purposes are mp3 players, specifically because the only thing I really like to listen to without visual stimulation is music, otherwise I just tune it out.
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