Thursday, June 16, 2011

Week 1: Becoming an activist!!

Day 1: Chaos!  My first experience with WiziQ was shocking!  Even though my husband had already adjusted the audio settings in our computer for our first session on Saturday June 4th, the internet connection failed the previous night and the next morning, I had to look for another computer in a rush.  The result was that I lost the first part of the session because I couldn´t hear Miguel´s voice!  So the first thing I learned regarding an online course was that you should get a wireless internet connection in case your regular one fails. And of course I have already done it!

New words popped up during the week… WiziQ, blogs, wikis, collaborative writing, posts, etc., etc.… I used to be a technophobic and all these years, I have been trying to get familiarized with computers, but I never thought that learning technologies were so many and complicated… So everything was completely new for me!

I am quite certain that no teacher should avoid using at least some basic technological resources in class, especially nowadays that people have incorporated them fully into their lives (blackberries, iphones, skype, etc.).  So, I know I have to sink my teeth into it! No way to escape from it!

This week I read a material which made me understand my learning attitude.  The article talks about 4 types of Learning Styles: Theorist, Activist, Reflector and Pragmatist.  I came to the conclusion that I was more a reflector than anything else and that I had to become an activist – someone who explores the task and learn from his exploration with no fear to make mistakes.  I really think this is one of the most important things I have learned during this week.

 For those who are interested in reading the full article about learning styles, pls go to this link Learning Styles - Open University