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Synthesis project about mobile learning

  1. 1. Amanda Trac
  2. 2.  At the beginning of the class when I first took the learning preferences survey, my scores were: reflective-1, sensual-9, verbal- 5, and sequential-5. By the end of the end of this class, I have understood that I am definitely a sensual and verbal learner. As I reflect now, I realize that mostly I am a sensual learner. I tend to like learning facts, rather than learning about theories. I tend to like to learn about details when I am learning about new ideas. Over all, I believe it is important to know about all learning preferences because life is full of different situations and one needs to understand how to adapt their learning preferences based on the circumstances that they are in. Knowing about my learning preferences has made a difference in my personal learning success. I have noticed when I am assigned new tasks at my work, sensual and verbal learning both come into play. I do very well by reading all the details in order to execute what I am supposed to do. Amanda Trac
  3. 3.  The learning pathway I chose at the beginning of the class was learning warrior. I chose to be a learning warrior because I like to learn on my own and I find it difficult to learn in a group setting. I was interested in learning about the different mobile technologies based on my own aspirations rather than what other members in a group may want. I was successful in getting a deeper knowledge of mobile technologies and I am glad I was able to do so alone rather than working collectively with others. Over this course, I did not change my learning pathway. I did not change my pathway because I did not want to rely on others especially when it comes to delegating tasks and completing things by due date, especially when I am busy taking 7 different classes and working full time. Amanda Trac
  4. 4.  The quiz in each learning quest was the activity that helped me get a broader understanding on how to use a mobile technology. The quizzes helped because I got tested on the different facts that were taught about the new technology of the quest. As to where the level two activity of predicting, using and evaluating the certain technologies helped me get a deeper understand of how to use the specific technology of the quest. This activity helped me because it helped my reflective learning side. Lastly, the other level two activity where we had to post a question about what we still wanted to learn about the specific technology within the quest and responding to three other questions was the activity that worked best for learning with others. This activity worked best for learning with others because you are working with your peers to help answer their questions. Amanda Trac
  5. 5.  iPods and mp3 players- this quest helped me explore my own learning because I was able to understand the different functions of mp3 players that I did not know about. At first I only knew that mp3 players were a function of audio playback, but I learned about the other features it includes. I further learned how using an iPod can help different learning strategies because you can download f apps such as flashcard which can help me make flashcards to study with for my different courses. Although I did not download the flashcard app, it is remarkable what technologies have been created and are being implemented by others to learn. Personally, I learn and retain information better by using the traditional forms of writing things down with pen and paper. If I were to utilize this technology, this would accommodate my learning preference of a verbal learner because I would be getting more out of written words. I would be able to write down information that I have learned based on what has been presented to me within my classes. Also, this would help with my sensual preference as well because flashcards are a great way to learn facts because I can test myself by making flashcards on a certain subject to study for a test. Amanda Trac
  6. 6.  Microblogs- this quest helped me explore my own learning because I learned that you can use a microblog such as twitter to learn. I always thought twitter was just some social network where if you had a lot of followers, then it meant that you had a lot of friends and you were popular. More importantly, twitter can be used by following other people other than your friends. I explored and learned more about microblogs on my own by following San Francisco Chronicle and learning about what is going on in the city that I am living in and also by searching hash tags/trending topics that I was interested in. This mobile technology accommodated my sensual learning preference as well because I was able to make a connection to the real world because of how microblogs are updated in “real time”, right now, right away. Amanda Trac
  7. 7.  Multimedia- this quest helped me explore my own learning because I was able to explore and use different media to learn about marketing, which is a subject that I have grown an intense interest for. In my marketing class, my teacher used many different types of media in class to convey new topics. We were assigned readings in textbooks and even assigned to look up different videos to learn about different ways advertising is implemented. This mobile technology helped me accommodate my reflective learning preference. When I was assigned readings in the textbook, I was able to take my time and think through the new topics I was learning. I was able to re-read material that was not as clear to me the first time and write out summary notes of what I was learning. Amanda Trac
  8. 8.  The mobile technology that interested me most as a learning tool was microblogs. As I stated earlier, I only thought that microblogs such as twitter were for social networking, so this mobile technology surprised me the most as a learning tool. I never would have thought that you could use twitter as a learning tool rather than using it only to see what your friends were up. Podcasts and screencasts were the technologies that did not seem to work as a learning tool based on my preferences because I personally do like sitting on the computer listening or watching things to learn. I will continue to use microblogs to expand my learning because there are many different people, brands, and companies that I can follow to learn new information and be updated with what is going on in my city or world around me right now. The technology that works best for my learning preference is microblogging. This technology works best because I am able to find out information that I am interested in. If I read a tweet that I find interesting, I can simply favorite the tweet or retweet it so I can later go back and reflect on the idea whenever I want. Also, if I read a tweet that interests me, I can further look at the other tweets that one has posted. Amanda Trac
  9. 9.  The mobile learning strategies I will continue using after this class are sensing and reflective strategies. These can be used when I am learning at a job because I can easily set aside time to reflect by rereading tasks and problems that need to solved. Also as a sensual learner, I can make connections to the real world because I can always ask my manager for specific examples of concepts and procedures such as learning how to balance payroll. The mobile learning technology I will continue using after this class is multimedia. I can already reflect many ways how I’ve used multimedia to learn at work. I currently work for Bath and Body Works, and the company often sends us videos that they want us to watch to learn about different events that are going to be happening and how they want us to use our behaviors to make such events successful. Also, there are videos that help us learn about new themes and products that are going to be launched so we can be excited and share our knowledge with our customers. Not only do we watch videos, we are given a lot of emails of written instructions and tasks that need to be completed. This helps me because I am a sensual learner and like to see things on paper so I can always go back and use it as a reference to double check my work. Also, I will continue using microblogs and social networking for non-learning purposes such Twitter and Facebook. I will most likely avoid using an iPad because I already have an iPhone and many applications that are on iPads are available on my iPhone since they are by the same manufacturer. Amanda Trac

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