Am I Worldly Now?

The end of the semester has come, as does the official end of my learning project. I’ve been working on learning the countries of the world and their capitals, and I can’t say I got exactly where I wanted to, but I have much improved in this area.

In case you missed it, here was my first post before I started doing this project.

At the beginning, I took a 15 minute quiz on the countries of the world – you have 15 minutes to name as many as you know. The first time I took it I knew 68 out of 196 countries – and not necessarily where they were, but I knew they existed somewhere beyond the horizon. Today I took the same 15 minute quiz and achieved 196/196 with 1:49 minutes left! AND I used the map below to look at a country and name it rather than just spouting out random country names.

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The capitals have proved to be difficult. I think this is because countries are more well-known and talked about, where the majority of the capitals in the world I have never even heard of, therefore they are difficult to remember and place. I took a quiz on the same site, but instead you have 12 minutes to complete it, with the names of the countries below. When I completed it at the beginning, I achieved a measly 11/196. This was quite depressing. However, now I took the same quiz and have upped my score to 104/196 – and know where all 104 of them are. I think this is quite an improvement.

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In my original post, I mentioned I wanted to do this because I knew it would go beyond this semester, and that I could use it for the rest of my life. And I know that is true. I want to continue learning this over the next couple weeks/months until I can successfully spout out any country or capital on command. That sounds kind of like a dog doing tricks, but it is something that has made me increasingly globally aware over the last couple months and I really feel more connected to the rest of the world. I really appreciated this assignment and the push to learn a new skill – I think it’s something we all need to do. Maybe when I’m done this I’ll pick up something else to learn. There’s no time limit on learning! I’m excited to continue with this project and the next one (I’m thinking maybe sign language?). I’ll let you faithful followers know how I’m doing!

My Contribution to the Learning of Others

What a catchy title hey? Not one of my best, but it is the most accurate.

Over the last 3 months or so I have learned so much about technology and the benefits of having an online community. I will come right out and say that I am not the most involved or the most prominent person online – it’s not who I am. Not online, and not even in real life. I am more than willing to help others when they need it and I have the answer (not super often – sorry google plus community), but I am much more comfortable showing encouragement in the form of a retweet or share than a comment. Maybe that will change and I just need some more time than one semester, so I’m going to keep at it. But for now, I am happy with how much I have grown since the class first started.

That being said, I did my best. I made an effort to read and comment on other blogs, as you can see in some of screenshots on this google doc. I really appreciated when we all had the same prompt, so that I could see all the different perspectives of everyone in the class. We all wrote about virtually the same things, but sometimes had drastically different takes on it. Even if I didn’t necessarily comment, that did not mean I didn’t enjoy reading! Sometimes as well, as I am a slow processor, I needed some time before immediately writing as I like to think things through first. I have no better excuse than I simply forgot to back afterwards.

Sometimes, it was a simple encouragement saying I loved what they did, or else a question to further my ponderings. Regardless, I pushed myself this course to at least try and make an effort to engage with my fellow colleagues.

Twitter has SO MANY things! I have to say, I really enjoyed my first twitter chat, #starschat, for #BellLetsTalk. I thought it would be stressful and confusing, but turns out its fast paced with so many wise and thoughtful words. I really appreciated that opportunity to join. And now I have a bookmarked Ed Chat Calendar so I know when all chats are happening!

I’ve become a pro at retweeting. However, I’m slowly learning to add my own thoughts and opinions when I retweet. But I’m getting out there, and I love to share other people’s ideas and posts when I see the value in them. I took to twitter rather than google plus when I needed assistance as it seemed an easier way for me to keep connected.

Now, when you compare my contribution to the learning of others, you may think that I am not overly involved – however that’s just not me. At the start of the course I wanted to create a positive and true digital identity for myself online, and I think I am just beginning to accomplish that. I have much more work to do but compared with the beginning of the semester, I am content with my growth and contributions. I am also excited to continue the journey – it definitely won’t end here. Now that I’ve seen all the support and resources out there, I want to share my own as well as contribute to anything other’s need that I can help with. I’m excited to grow my network! Again, check out my google doc with some of my contributions over the semester!

Also, check out my summary of learning below!