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My own learning theory diagram

Here I created my own learning theory diagram. I seem to have a hard time with all these learning theories so doing something very basic is helping me understand. To me, it seems that the three major theories, behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism build upon each other. A learner can be any one of them, but I think that they feed into one another. They seem like stepping stones we must walk on to get to the ultimate learning goal of self learning and discovery which constructivism is.

Do you feel that these three learning theories build into one another? Are there other major learning theories that could be included or should be included?

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Other

 

504 Module 2 reflection

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in 1.3 Instructional Strategies

 

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My story-toy-puzzle-game

As I was thinking about what type of game I wanted to create, I think of those choose your own adventure books. I want to allow the gamer the chance to chose which way they go by solving a math problem. So the gamer is going along and then comes to a three way tunnel. Each tunnel has an equation for the gamer to solve. They must record their answers and move on through that tunnel. To pass a level, they will have to enter all their answers like a code to move on. The code they enter will determine which type of level they go to next. If the equations they solved were basic, then the next level is just a step up from where they were. If they solved harder equations, then the next level will move them to harder problems. I want to be able to offer a couple of different story types, so that the gamer can chose who they are and what game/adventure they play. One could be like a damsel in distress and the noble knight comes to the rescue. One could be find your friend. You got separated from your friend and the only way to get back home is to find your friend first. Another one could be find the dragon and slay him. Those are just some of the ideas bouncing around my head.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in 1.3 Instructional Strategies

 

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Learning Theories

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in 1.3 Instructional Strategies

 

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Action Games 2

Platformer games are my favorite. I love Super Mario Bros. These types of games require some skill but most is reflex and hand/eye coordination. I love it. These games are very addicting and give players the desire to want to finish a level. Each time you die you have the chance to get farther than before. It is great. I found a game about driving a truck with a load and you have to carry it over rocky terrain and try and keep all your cargo in the back of the truck. It was lots more fun the description sounds. Below is a link to the game.
http://www.miniclip.com/games/mining-truck/en/

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Other

 

Action Games 1

I really like games like this. I don’t really know why. One game that I really like is on our Wii. We have a game that has many different games on it. One of those games is a tanker game. You are a tank and have to move around obstacles and shoot other tanks. Each level is a different “field” and different tanks. I was not able to find it on any of the websites. So I choose another one.
http://www.addictinggames.com/shooting-games/tank-blitz-game.jsp
It is fun and similar to the other one I like.

These types of games require some sort of hand/eye coordination. Being a big sports person, I like that. These games rely more on reflexives then strategy or plans. You can just up right in and starting shooting everything that is moving. These games are great building blocks for what we have today. Those in the 80’s, did a great job creating games with what they had.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Other

 

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The Future of Internet and Games

I found this talk very interesting. I remember 2003 and where I was. I was in college just starting to get my feet wet when it came to the internet. I had used the internet slightly with an email account and a little for some research but that was it. Around 2003 I took an online class and then it seemed the technology really exploded and I really got into it.

I found it interesting learning a little about the history of how Microsoft really got its start and how it took over. They also talked a lot about finding ways for Facebook, Twitter, and Google to start making money. I can see that starting to happen now. On blogs, we are now asked if we want to monetized and start posting ads. I can see that this will happen in all our Web 2.0 tools, whether educational or for fun.

It is fun for me to learn more about this and to see what I can do to take technology to a new level in my classes for my students.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Other