Synthesis Mobile LearningAnnie Ng and Michelle Lee
Learning Preferences Annie : At the beginning of the class when I first took the learningpreferences survey, I scored a 9 for reflective, a 5 for sensing, a 5 forvisual, and a 3 for sequential. I’ve always liked to work alone since itgives me time to brainstorm and think things through thoroughlybefore I contribute my ideas. Because I’m so meticulous, I also get abetter grasp at things when there are detailed picturesinvolved, such as diagrams, and when there is a logical step-by-stepprocess. With these four combined learning preferences, I thinkthat is why I find installation manuals interesting. I like following thenumerical directions and finely labeled diagrams that will lead mein the right step towards completing the project. At the end of theclass, I feel that I haven’t strayed too far away from my originallearning preferences however, I have improved a bit as a verballearner. SInce we’re in college, most classes are lecture-based.Professors use PowerPoints or just verbal words to teach so I’vetrained myself to listen carefully and pick out the important facts.
Michelle : In the beginning of class, when I took thelearning preferences survey, my results werereflective was a 1, sensing was a 1, visual was a I.and sequential was a 1. I like working alone since ittakes me a while to brainstorm something reallygood. Throughout the progress in the class, I used allthe learning preferences mostly on visual andsequential. I listened to the video on the classinstructions; it helped me stayed focus. I can alwayspause the video and go back if I didn’t catch whatmy teacher said. I took good notes for my classes. Inthe end, learning preferences helped me on mylearning.
Annie and Michelle’s Thought About Learning Preferences At the end of the class, we feel it’s important toestablish what kind of learner we are so we knowwhere our strengths and weaknesses lie. I thoughtlearning preferences were going to be static for themost part but after this class, I learned that ourpreferences can vary depending on the learningenvironment. Knowing about our individual learningpreferences does make a difference in our personallearning success because it sets a strong foundation forour learning. When we know how we learn best, wecan use those strategies to our benefit. In the areaswhere we are weak, we can train ourselves to improvethem so they can be as helpful as our strong areas.
Learning PathwayAnnie : At the beginning of class, I chose Learning Warrioras my pathway. I feel I have successfully gained moreknowledge in mobile technology on a deeper level becausealthough I’ve heard of ipads and tablets, ipods andMP3s, microblogs, and podcasts, I haven’t actually used themajority of them for learning purposes, let alone know theycould be used for learning purposes. I’ve always seen themas solely for entertainment. In the back of my mind, I think Iknew they could be used for learning but I just didn’t thinkthey were effective methods for learning. I haven’tchanged my pathway because I’m still in the process ofunderstanding how each mobile technology works. Before Ican move on to become a learning sage or a learningguide, I’d like to have a steady grasp of my own.
Michelle : In the beginning of class, I decided I was alearning sage. I chose a learning sage path because I onlyknow the basic about technology. In our society today, isall about technology. I thought it was very important tokeep up with the technology. I got the PSP Vita anddownloaded flash cards programs to help me study formy classes. Not just that I have videos fromdocumentaries and also essays on my philosophy papersand women studies. During the discussion on theforums, I learned a lot about technology method thathelped me through my learning that I never knew about.I’m grateful I learned a lot from my learning path.
Learning Activates The “Math: Multiplication Flash Cards” activity in the iPodsand MP3 Quest gave me a broader understanding of how Icould use mobile technologies to learn. Instead of having tocarry around a deck of loose paper flash cards, I have anelectronic version that is more convenient and customizablein my iPod. The “3D Brain Anatomy” in the iPad and TabletQuest” gave me a deeper understanding of how I could usemobile technologies to learn. I was amazed at how interactiveI could be with the 3D brain by rotating and zooming in.Reading about the brain in a 2D format isn’t as in-depth as a3D model. The “Technology: #edtech” activity in theMicroblogs Quest worked best for learning with othersbecause the hashtag allows a whole variety of information tobe categorized at one location. Everyone gets to contributetheir own articles so we get a whole variety of informationfrom various sources.
Exploration of Technologies for LearningAnnie : I explored deeper into the iPod and MP3 Questbecause I actually have an iPod and I carry it around withme almost all the time. It’s the next best thing to a phonefor me. The most useful aspect for learning on my iPod isthe internet access. Since Professors use iLearn, I can usethe Wi-Fi to connect to iLearn and check forupdates, grades, and lectures. One day, I found myselfwith free time at school so instead of listening to musicon my iPod, I logged on to iLearn and watched arecorded lecture for my online class. This accommodatedmy reflective learning preference quite nicely becauseability to have internet access on demand allowed me topaused the recorded lecture and think about what isbeing said. I can rewind or fast forward at my own pacewhen I’ve understood the topic.
Michelle : The IPod and the MP3 player activity helped me alot understanding how to use mobile technology to mylearning. I recently got my Iphone and I have no idea how touse it; Before I had a Ipod which only allowed to listen tomusic and I always carry it around with me all the time.Since I learned there are applications on the Iphone, Idownloaded applications on my phone to help me on mystudies and learning. I thought the most useful way oflearning was the internet. I can research my papers and Ican look up when my assignments from I learn. I can readonline that I’m assigned reading each day.
Synthesis Annie : For me, I was most interested in iPods and MP3s as learning toolsbecause of its internet access ability. With internet, I can download decks offlashcards or quizzes, and MP3 files. I wasn’t actually surprised at any mobiletechnology but microblogs did make me think twice. I wasn’t sure how reliablethe sources could be since people could have different interpretations but forthe most part, it was pretty consistent. I like factual articles so some people whoinclude Wikipedia made me skeptical. Podcasts as a learning tool did not seem towork very well for me because I couldn’t see any diagrams or follow the person’sthought process. I wasn’t accustomed to listening blindly at what was being said.I want to continue with iPods to enhance my learning because I feel it’s an all-in-one tool for most learners. You can find diagrams, listen to audio, find reliablesources, and much more.Michelle : For me, I thought iPods worked best for my learning preferencesbecause I have it with me all the time and I could store my MP3 files andflashcards without having excess bulk. Its also very easy to access too.Flashcards allowed me to visually see words and pictures together and I could beas detailed as I want when I tailor it to my preference. It helped me a lot.Although I’m not a strong verbal learner, the MP3 files helped me improve onthat aspect. I have the MP3 playing in the background while I flip through myflashcards.
SummaryAnnie : I will continue to use all learning strategies but mainly visual and verbal because I think those two will come in handy after I’m done with the school environment. Visual learning strategies will be useful outside of school because we’ll have to put our thoughts into presentations. When we explain things, we’ll have to have an organized way of presenting the information because the majority of people are visual learners. Verbal learning strategies will come in handy because we’ll have to train ourselves to listen carefully. There won’t always be written directions and some employers want to see how well we listen to instructions.Michelle : I will continue to use iPods and microblogs. I actually can’t remember how I got by school without using an iPod! It’s so convenient and collective. You can listen to educational audio, play educational games, and find a variety of learning sites at the touch of a few buttons. Microblogs are conveniently organized by key words so I can easily come up with resources if I need to write a paper. Albeit I might have to sort through some sites to find what I need, it’s still a great library of information. These can be used when I am at a job or outside of school because if I have to come up with a research project, I’ll have some unique places to start. For non-learning purposes, I will use iPads and microblogs because microblogs are still a great source for finding information about a topic of my interest with results all in one place. iPads have various applications for entertainment and most of them are free to download. I can’t really avoid any mobile technology because I think Professors will at some point use it but if I could, I will avoid using anything that is solely audio because it really isn’t helpful to me at all. Visuals keep me focused so without it, my eyes will start to wander and I’ll end up thinking about something else, which will force me to listen to the audio all over again.