Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fitting the pieces together: How do learning theories describe me as a learner?

There are theories that define the way we learn.  We have been exposed to different teaching styles that my address different learning theories.  Six weeks ago, I considered that I learned in a constructivism way.  As a child, I was instructed using the behaviorism model.  My parents used positive and negative reinforcement to teach me behavior actions.  From brushing my teeth every morning to getting all A’s was part of the plan.  I was able to earn prizes or get punished if things went wrong.   As I grew, I became curious about the way things work and things I could learn.  I started to learn things by myself and to experiment new things, such as: playing instruments, typing, knitting, driving and building and repairing computers. 

After learning about different learning theories, I have seen that I do learn in other ways that I never thought before.  I am learning through social learning.  Every discussion board, guides my learning based on others ideas and understanding of a concept.  I can share my understanding and see other points of view that are elaborating on my initial thoughts.  Many times when I read other posts, I go back to the text and follow their references to learn more about the topic.  In the past, I did not like the idea of working as a team, because of bad experiences.  These days, I understand the value of this learning approach and the benefits of the use of technology to facilitate these experiences.  I can also add, that as an adult learner I am able to select what I want to learn, the pace of the learning process and connect new information to my prior knowledge as part of my professional development. I don’t want to ignore, the experience of developing my learning network.  As part of Connectivism we learn making connections that are related and develop concepts.  These connections could be at your social, work or personal level.

The use of technology enriches of my learning experiences.  I have access to information, professional development courses, sharing with my friends and family members by the use of social networks such as Facebook, MSN, Skype or OOVOO, communication through emails, use of personal webs, search engines and collaborative work with peers with the use of Google documents. 

As an Instructional Designer, I have the responsibility of providing my students a variety of experiences that will address their learning styles.  Through the years, I have learned in different ways and I have been exposed by different teaching styles.  I agree that the brain is unique, learning will always occur and teaching will always be a challenge that with the use of technology can be enriched and driven to its maximum capabilities.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Thanks for visiting my blog again. This mind map presents my learning network, please feel free to leave your comments and questions. 


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  • How has your network changed the way you learn?

My family, my community and my technology tools have influenced my learning experience.  In my years of elementary school, I was exposed to old books, encyclopedias and many trips to places of interest such as museums, libraries and theaters.  My parents used to take us to different types of social activities such as concerts, plays, conferences and sports.  My parents were building my background knowledge, fact that help me make connections with the classroom material and the books I was using during my school years.

My college life was enriched with the use of technology.  It was the beginning of the access of the Internet in the 90’s.  The use of digital format encyclopedias and some multimedia resources were at that time, an excellent resource.  The use of software such as Office Word and Power Point added an extra tool to share and store information with my peers. 

  • Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?

Today, my learning network changes and grows everyday.  The use of technology provides me with tools that help me learn in different areas of my life.  In my mind map, I present areas in which I am learning every day, personal life, my family, my career, professional development and my gadgets or hobbies.

In my personal life, I learn with the use of my computer and my IPhone.  The use of social networks such as Facebook, Skype and Oovoo provides my tools to exchange ideas with teachers in other places and cooperate in different learning and teaching efforts.  I stay updated in all the technological changes through news websites and IPhone apps.  The use of Netflix provides movies from were I also learn from.

As a teacher, I need to be at the pace of the latest technologies.  Web 2.0 tools give me tools to guide and enrich my learning process.  The use of search engines and video collection not only provides me tools to enrich my lessons, also answers many questions. 

My professional development is totally connected to technology.  Studying online, sharing blogs,  and the use of Google Educator tools, moves me into a level of sharing online with other professionals and teachers and share my ideas. 

My newest learning tool is my IPad, everyday I learn something new and it facilitates my learning process to another level.  First and the reason I bought it was to have access to my Walden Class everywhere and anytime.  I can read my peers comments and participation in the discussion blog and have access to the articles for every week.  I use and app, named Good Reader to keep all my articles in PDF format, and be able to read it and study “on the go”.  I have access to dictionaries, and any website needed in my studies.  I have my favorites magazines to read, ICreate brings technology tutorials that I read every month and teaches me all the tips and tricks for apple computers.  Also, I have access to videos and podcast that I use to learn.  Using the Google app, I can easily share ideas from the computer to my IPad.  My IPad has Keynote and Pages apps, that are the equivalent to Word and Power Poing.  I can connect my IPad to my projector and share my ideas and learning sites with my students.

  • How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions?

These days finding answers to my questions are easier.  Making an online search could bring almost an answer for every question I have.  The use of effective technology helps my answers my question and answer some for my students.

  • In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?

     My learning network supports the central principles of connectivism.  Some of these principals are: 
·      Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions
·      Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
·      Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
·      Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
·      Decision-making is itself a learning process.

In conclusion, Connectivism gives us the opportunity to share, search and use different technologies to add more information to a concept that we are learning about.  These days, we can decide what to learn about and with the easy use of technology we can almost about any topic.  The information is been updated every minute and the use and benefit of the Internet bring us the world wide news and information actual and at a click distance.  As an adult we need to have goals, commitment and motivation, after those factors you are ready to turn on your computer and start learning to help others learn in the future.


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Conlan, J., Grabowski, S., & Smith, K. (2003). Adult learning. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from on May 31, 2010.

Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from

Friday, May 14, 2010

Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

This week we have been reading about the brain and the learning process.  An important and crucial factor could be the difficulties that a student encounters when it comes to decision-making and solving problems.  We need to start teaching for success.  Understanding the way our students learn, makes us aware of the importance of providing multiple experiences in the classroom that will address the different learning styles and will motivate and keep our class engaged.  Today, I will present some articles that called my attention while learning how to guide my students to solve problems.  

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Teaching problem-solving methods involves to use of creative thinking; in other words to generate ideas and critical thinking or evaluating ideas.  Both aspects are necessary to be able to solve problems.  Talking about solving problems not necessary requires inventing a big thing, is the ability to make a change using the information we know.  To solve a problem we are looking to a change that will make things better.  To teach our students to solve problems the teacher needs to understand the way the students learn and provide opportunities for them to build background knowledge and make connections to apply this information into a new one.  This article defines problem-solving strategies and provides us with links to study the terms presented.  It is an easy way for teachers to get started.

This article provides us with simple steps that could be used to guide our students to solve problems.  I found it interesting the way that we can have the students learn these steps without making it to complicated for them.  These steps include:  

  • Defining the problem
  • Brainstorming
  • Evaluating options
  • Making a plan of action
  • Evaluation and modification

Teaching our students to make good choices is always a challenge.  Finding the way to make this option possible for them will help them take part of the decision they make and not fall into group pressure.


Problem Solving Skills for Teens: Teaching Kids Decision-Making Strategies. (n.d.). Youth Development. Retrieved May 14, 2010, from

Problem-Solving Skills (and methods) in Education & Life. (n.d.). The American Scientific Affiliation: Discussion of science and Christianity, ethics, apologetics, creation and evolution, the Bible and science. Retrieved May 14, 2010, from

Friday, May 7, 2010

Useful Instructional Design Blogs

Learning from others experiences is always a great experience.  Using blogs is a social way to communicate and inform other about your experiences.  During my search I found some blogs that will help me as an Instructional Designer.  As a teacher and technology coordinator in my school, I always look for new strategies that will help me facilitate trainings and workshops to the staff.  In these blogs I find ways to develop a community of learners with the faculty, steps to follow to plan an effective transformational plan and wonderful Internet based tools for instruction.
I invite you to visit these blogs and please share your comments.  Thanks for visiting.

Always Learning

By Kim Cofino

The Way of the Workshop

   Kim Cofino works as an Educational Technology Facilitator in International Schools.  In her blog she shares her experiences as a teacher and the benefits of professional development.  Based on her experiences she designs and implements worshops for other teachers.  In her trainings and workshops she develops sense of community of learners.  She shares her experiences in her blog.

   As an Instructional Designer, is important to understand the benefits of collaboration.  This blog helps me learn from her experiences.

The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness

by Michael Zimmer

  I was impressed about this blog.  Michael Zimmer as a teacher presents technology tools that he uses in his classroom to facilitate and enrich instruction.  He presents the benefits of using social networking as a professional development tool.  He also presents a copy of his book titled: A new way to Lecture, where he presents technology tools and the way to use these in an effective way in the classroom.  This book is embedded online and free to use.

   As a Designer, this blog and resources will guide me to explore others Web 2.0 Tools and integrate them into my instruction designs.  I hope you enjoy it the way I did.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My first blog...


   Welcome to my first blog.  This is the first time that I explore this communication tool.  I hope to learn from others and to share my ideas with my friends from Walden University.  This blog is part of the course Educ 6115-5 Learning Theories and Instruction.

   I'm glad to learn from this experience, and hope to hear about your comments.

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