MOBILE SYNTHESIS PROJECTBYEDUARDO LUIS CABALAR, ELIJAH LINGAD,AND DANIKA PABILONA
LEARNING PREFERENCEAt the beginning of the class, my scores for the learning preferencesurvey were active (3), sensing (3), visual (5), and sequential (5).Throughout this semester, I’ve noticed that I really do tend to use eachlearning styles. I’m very active during class because I tend to answer theprofessors questions while participating and interacting with others. Bystaying active I noticed how I incorporated my other learning styles intomy learning. This was the case because while I was active in my classesI was able to pay attention to small details and visualize things mucheasier by using my sensory skills to remember certain information anddetails. Moreover by following that order of learning you can also say it’ssequential. By using these four learning preferences together I believe Iwas able to improve my learning.Eduardo Luis Cabalar
LEARNING PREFERENCE CONT.At the beginning of class, my scores for the learning preference surveywere Active (7), Sensing (1), Visual (11), and sequential (3). While doingeach quest throughout the semester, I believe that Visual and Sensingwere my strong points over all the rest. Visual aids were very helpfulwhenever I needed to learn more about one of the subjects that I wastaking this semester. If I knew what something looked like, it was moreeasy for me to assess what it’s used for and things of that sort. Withinother classes, I’ve noticed that I used multimedia a lot, which furtherproved that visual is the strongest learning style for me. I don’t thinkactive was very active for me. It was hard to participate in inclassactivities or even just staying awake throughout the class, but I thinkthat’s more personal preferences. I don’t think my thinking about mylearning preferences has changed too much. The only thing really is thatActive isn’t my strong point.Elijah Lingad
LEARNING PREFERENCE CONT.When I first took the learning preferences at the beginning of class, mysurvey score were (3) active learner, (11) sensing learner, (7) visuallearner, and (5) sequential learner. At the end of the class, my learningpreferences changed a bit. Most of it remained the same because as Itried new methods it didn’t seem to work well for me. For instance, I couldnever find anything we did in this class as intuitive. As for everything elsevisual, verbal, sensory, active, reflective, sequential, and global, theywere all learning preferences I was able to apply to our quests in theclass. In fact, most of the quest included all of these preferences and Idid end up learning in the end.Danika Pabilona
LEARNING PREFERENCE THOUGHTSOverall, as a group our learning preferences have not really changed atall. Eduardo has and always have been an active, sensing, visual andsequential learner. Elijah has always been an active visual learner. Lastly,Danika has always been a sensing, visual and sequential learner. Webelieve that learning preferences are a good learning tool to know aboutbecause it’s the way that we’re used to learning. So having knowledgeabout it makes it easier for ourselves.Yes, knowing about the learningpreferences makes a difference in our personal learning successbecause we can use them to our advantages to help benefit and improveour learning. Before taking this class we didn’t even realize there weredifferent learning methods.
LEARNING PATHWAYSThe learning pathway I chose was learning guide. I chose this pathbecause I felt that it would be a great opportunity to work and learn withothers that aren’t as knowledgeable about technology. I felt that I wasable to use mobile technologies such as my iPad and iPhone to bothlearn with and help others learn. By using my iPad and iPhone I was ableto teach certain aspects about these technologies to my friends that theynever knew. For example, one friend only used their iPad for music andgames. I told them of certain apps that they could use to help improvetheir learning such as a flash card app and PDF-notes, which is an appwhere you’re able to read PDF files and take notes on them. I also toldthem which social networking apps can be used for learning andeducational purposes on mobile technologies. I didn’t change my learningpath because I felt that by learning about mobile technologies withothers, I was able to broaden my knowledge.Eduardo Luis Cabalar
LEARNING PATHWAYS CONT.The learning pathway that I chose was learning warrior. The reason that Ichose this pathway was because I didn’t do too well last semester. I didbad enough that I’m actually on academic probation with SFSU right now.So with that being said, I believed that applying what I learned in thisclass throughout this semester would improve my performance so that Icould get out of probation. I, more or less, was successful in digging intoa deeper knowledge of mobile technologies. Thinking about mobile, Ithought I would be able to use my iPhone and maybe use applicationsthat would help me remember due dates, keep my schedule together,help me study for tests or even just remind me TO study for these tests.There were a lot of applications that people contributed in the forums thathelped me greatly. I didn’t change my learning path because it washelping me greatly. I felt a little motivated, and with all the help, I stuck toit.Elijah Lingad
LEARNING PATHWAYS CONT.The learning pathway I chose in the beginning of class was a learningwarrior. I chose this pathway because this class seems like there is a lotof materials that are helpful in my other classes that I could apply to.There was a lot about technology that I didn’t know about and I felt likethis class would help me learn more about them. Then once I becamecomfortable with the material I could apply it to my other classes. Yes, Iwas successful in having a deeper knowledge of mobile technologies aslearning warrior. For instance, the multimedia quest, I didn’t realize thattext was considered a multimedia. No, since the class has started I didnot change my learning pathway. I felt as if this pathway suite me best.Danika Pabilona
ACTIVITY CONTRIBUTIONSIn all of the quests, we believe that the level one quizzes and level 2activities where we predict, use, and evaluate helped us have a broaderand deeper understanding of how to use mobile technology to learn. Inorder to do well in the quizzes, we needed to listen to the Screenr thatwas provided for the quest and look at the powerpoints to help answerthe questions to the quiz. However, Eduardo, Danika and Elijahpersonally felt that the powerpoint had more than enough information onit and it sets you up for the rest of the quest. As for the predict, use, andevaluate form entries, it allowed us to see if we were able to learn from itwith our learning preferences. The class gave us something to learn andit was up to us and how we chose to learn the material. The bestactivities that worked best for learning with others to use mobiletechnologies was level forum/group discussion. We were able to askquestions about things we wanted to learn and anyone in the class couldgive us an input.
TOP MOBILE TECHNOLOGIESThe top mobile technology quest that I explored for my learning is theiPad & Tablets quest. At first I didn’t think that the iPad would help me inlearning but I’m glad to have found out that it can do more then just playmusic and games. After learning more about iPads and tablets I exploredmy iPad with my own learning by using it in various ways of learning suchas taking notes, recording lectures, studying for quizzes and test, and soon. By doing this I was able to do well in the other classes that I used myiPad for. The iPad helped accommodate me because I was able to usemy visual and active learning styles. I stayed active by taking notes onthe iPad and used these notes to help me study. I used my visual style oflearning because I had to use the iPad for specific readings for the classand took notes on the readings which helped me remember certain termsand definitions.Eduardo Luis Cabalar
TOP MOBILETECHNOLOGIES CONT.Elijah also explored further into blogs and microblogs. My reasoningbeing that, as a teenager thats still growing up, Im more familiar withplatforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and things of that sort. Inthe past, Ive used it for my own personal reasons, but for this class, Iexplored the productive side of these websites and applications. Forexample, I searched hash tags that related to my communication class,such as "public speaking" or "spoken word poetry" just to get a feel ofwhat the class demanded of me. Little did I know, there were a lot ofpeople out there who are very knowledgeable on this topic and I foundquite a few amazing writers. I also used Tumblr as a means to put outthere my work to get feedback before I presented in class. Blogs andmicroblogs accommodated my active and visual preferences because itcaused me to look for pieces as well as inspired me to write my own.Elijah Lingad
TOP MOBILETECHNOLOGIES CONT.Elijah also explored further into blogs and microblogs. My reasoningbeing that, as a teenager thats still growing up, Im more familiar withplatforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and things of that sort. Inthe past, Ive used it for my own personal reasons, but for this class, Iexplored the productive side of these websites and applications. Forexample, I searched hash tags that related to my communication class,such as "public speaking" or "spoken word poetry" just to get a feel ofwhat the class demanded of me. Little did I know, there were a lot ofpeople out there who are very knowledgeable on this topic and I foundquite a few amazing writers. I also used Tumblr as a means to put outthere my work to get feedback before I presented in class. Blogs andmicroblogs accommodated my active and visual preferences because itcaused me to look for pieces as well as inspired me to write my own.Danika Pabilona
SYNTHESISThe mobile technologies that interested our group the most as far as alearning tool was the iPad, iPods and iPhones. We believe this because wecan carry it around wherever we go and it has almost everything we need tohelp our learning. These apple products have applications that help us stayorganized, engage in class, take notes and even record certain lectures tohelp further improve our learning. Elijah who has used his iPod/iPhone saysthose two technologies works just as good as an iPad in terms of learningbecause he was able to do the things that Danika and Eduardo did with theiriPads. Elijah felt that podcasts didn’t seem to work as a learning tool becausesometimes they’re too long and can have unnecessary information. Danikafelt twitter didn’t seem to help much as a learning tool because it was morefor socializing rather than learning. However, Eduardo felt that microblogssuch as twitter, instagram, and tumblr didn’t work as a learning tools becausethey tend to distract people and is often times not used for learning. Mobiletechnologies that Elijah and Danika want to explore further to improve theirlearning are microblogs. However even though Eduardo feels that microblogsare not a successful tool in learning he would like to try and prove it wrong.
SYNTHESISThe mobile technologies that worked best for our groups learningpreferences were blogging, microblogs and iPads & Tablets. Bloggingwas effective for Danika because she could rely on Tumblr as a greatnews source and there are many reliable journalists that have good andinsightful blogs. Microblogs were effective for Elijah’s learningpreferences because he has always used them even beforeunderstanding and learning that they could be able to be used forlearning. He could use microblogs visually to help spread and learn newinformation. iPads & tablets were effective for Eduardo’s learningpreferences because he could use it for anything. Whether it was to gaininformation or even study, the iPad helped improve his learning in a waythat he never learned before. All of these technologies applied well to ourlearning preferences and helped improve our learning capabilities.
SUMMARYAfter this class our group will continue to use our iPads and iPods. Danika will continue to useher iPad and laptop, Eduardo will continue to use his iPad more and Elijah will do similarthings except with his iPhone. Our iPads and iPods have access to all types of applicationsthat can be used for certain classes to help further improve our learning. As for laptops, it’s afast item to help us accomplish and engage in certain educational games as well as blogs.Both seem to help us learn more than we would in a class and we all know that outside of aclassroom, this would be much more helpful. These technologies can be used for learning at ajob because we’re able to use it as a data planner. We’re able to have easy access to pull upall types of information online to help us in our everyday jobs. The same thing applies to socialnetworking websites with friends. This is so we can connect with others in our job and eitherget information from them or give them information. Danika will continue to use instagram as anon-learning technology purpose because it is a fun application on her iPhone that helps killtime. Elijah, on the other hand, will start following users that help him with educationalpurposes on all types of microblogs. Lastly, Eduardo will use continue using his iPad for non-learning purposes by listening to music and playing games. However when the time comesand school starts again, we will use all the new information we learned about mobiletechnologies and continue to use them in our next batch of classes.