ITEC 299 Synthesis Project about Mobile Learning By: Ricky Lui
Number 2• According to the learning preferences survey, I prefer the active learning style with a score of 1, the sensing learning style with a score of 3, the visual learning style with the score of 3, and the sequential learning style with a score of 5. By the end of this course, my thinking has not changed that much since then about these learning preferences. I think the biggest change would be that I am probably more of an active learner than what the survey had scored me. In addition, my overall thinking about learning preferences has definitely changed a lot. I learned a lot about being able to combine two opposite learning styles (e.g. visual and verbal) to help better my learning in unison. Knowing about these learning preferences may help me realize what my strengths might be when it comes to strategies on how to study effectively.
Number 3• The learning pathway that I chose in the beginning of the class was the Learning Sage pathway. I was definitely successful in getting a broader knowledge of mobile technologies. I also was able to get a broader knowledge of the opportunities to use mobile technologies to learn with others. It was great to learn about different ways that I could use my iPhone for learning purposes. I did not change my learning pathway after taking this course. To be honest, I wanted to learn a lot more about these technologies when I found out what this course really was all about. But when things got very busy with other courses that I am taking, I realized that I could not afford to spend way too much time diving into the deeper knowledge of these technologies. I had to be practical and do well on all of my courses, which in turn made me feel like simply getting a broader knowledge would be sufficient enough.
Number 4• The technology quest that had to deal with iPods & mp3 players and iPads & Tablets helped contribute to my broader understanding of how to use mobile technologies for learning. As far as iPods and iPads go, the only way I knew how to use them were to use the Notes application and look at PDF files on iBooks. After gaining a broader knowledge of different useful applications, I can use my iPhone much more effectively when I am using it for learning purposes. The technology quests that had to deal with Social Bookmarking and Podcasts helped contribute to my deeper understanding of how to use mobile technologies for learning. I had very little knowledge of podcasts before that quest, but now I know how wide of a variety of podcasts there are for learning. Social bookmarking was useful to look up information that others have found that may be useful for what I may be researching. The technology quest that deals with Microblogs is useful to share information with other people in a real-time manner.
Number 5• The iPods/mp3 players mobile technology quest was one of the quests that gave me general information and broader knowledge of mobile technology for learning. I was able to use my iPhone to look through PDF files during a class so I would not have to write down everything on the slides. I was able to pay more attention to the actual lecture for additional information. I think it accommodates my active learning style really well because I can decide myself what I feel is important instead of thinking that everything needs to be written down. It also allows me to feel more engaged in the professor’s lecture instead of tuning the voice out to write everything on the lecture slides.
Number 5 (Cont.)• The iPads and tablets technology quest was useful to teach me some things about applications that I could use on an iPad for learning purposes. I could not really explore this using an iPad or a tablet for my own learning because I do not own one. The closest thing to that would be an iPhone, which is just an iPad but much smaller. As mentioned previously, this accommodated my active learning style because I was able to have a full copy of the lecture slides that were provided by the professor. Instead of having to write down everything and pay little to no attention to the lecture, I was able to write down what the professor emphasized on additional information because I was not busy just copying everything down.
Number 5 (Cont.)• The microblogs technology quest was something that I could relate to but needed some help to really use it for learning purposes. I am very familiar with Twitter and Tumblr, but I was not familiar with using it for learning. It really did not accommodate my learning preferences at all. It was hard to find a way to use microblogs for school reasons but I was able to find one way to do so. My friend and I were researching the same topics for a paper but he lost his phone. In some weird way, we were able to use Twitter and tweet each other links to articles we found to share with one another. I guess this accommodates the active learning style since we were actively sharing articles with each other.
Number 6• The mobile technology that interested me the most as a learning tool was probably the iPhone. I got an iPhone two days after this past Christmas, so I was really excited when I found out that I could be using my iPhone for more reasons than I was already using it for. I was actually surprised to find out that microblogs, like Tumblr and Twitter, could be used for learning tools. That being said, I also found microblogs to be somewhat difficult to use as learning tools if I do not know where to look. I would definitely want to explore further into using microblogs for future learning purposes because I feel that I want to see for myself how useful they can really be.
Number 6 (Cont.)• The mobile technology that worked best for my learning preferences was using an iPhone. I know that I have said that many times previously, but it proved to be the most efficient for me. With the active learning preference, I was able to feel more engaged in the vocal lecture and pay more attention to what the professor had emphasized on. With the sensing learning style, it allowed me more time to spend on important, “must-know” information while still having everything to study later on. It even helped with the sequential learning style. Instead of hoping to understand every step or concept of a topic right away and moving on to the next, I could look at the PDF file on my iPhone and slowly go through them myself to understand it all completely.
Number 7• I honestly do not know what mobile learning strategies I would potentially continue to use after this class. I think if a professor provides lecture slides and puts them online for download, I would download those and use my iPhone again to do what I have done this past semester. I would have all the information already, write down what I feel is majorly important, and write down any additional information given in the lecture. This would be useful for a job that I may be new at and need to keep note on what is important for the job. It is always good to go above and beyond what is expected for a job, but knowing what is expected and important is key.
Number 7 (Cont.)• The mobile technology that I would most likely continue using for future classes would be using my iPhone. I would continue using it for efficient note-taking in future classes. If I am new to a job and I want to get a hang of things so I can work efficiently, I can take notes on my iPhone on what qualities are needed for the specific job and what needs to be improved sooner than others. When it comes to outside of school, if someone simply wants to learn more about what happens in the world, there are news applications and podcasts that can be listened to for that type of information. I will always be using my iPhone and microblogs, Twitter and Tumblr, for non-learning purposes. I would probably not use an iPad or a tablet because I already have an iPhone and find no need in getting something bigger.