Okay, let’s start with the big picture. First – I have learned a little bit about how computers actually work. This included learning about the language of computers, Binary. Next – I learned about putting a computer together with it’s bare parts. After that – I learned about how a computer’s processing works, with an Assembly Language Simulator. Second – I have learned a teensy tiny bit about programing with HTML and with programs such as SCRATCH. Thirdly – I have learned about more advanced technologies such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality.
What stands out the most in my mind is probably hand coding my web page in HTML. It was a very challenging project. And I felt like it tested me. After my initial panic about the assignment, and the many hours pouring over the tutorials to learn how HTML works, I really enjoyed writing my page. I’m so thankful I figured out how to create and modify tables. That was the key to successfully creating a page that looked good.
What most intrigued me, however, would either be Robotics or Virtual Reality. Both are crazy cool. Looking a little deeper into the world of robotics reveals how close we are to having artificial limbs that can replace lost limbs with incredible functionality. Arms that use sensors to actually move, and grab and release objects, and they do so when/how their operator desires! And researching virtual reality shows how pervasive it is in our world. It is extremely likely that people today have at least one “avatar” of themselves (if not several) in games that are virtual worlds. And, most mind-blowing of all, is the fact that people have made “real” money from “virtual” worlds. Actual money. In this world. Like I said earlier, it’s crazy.
All in all, I feel like this semester I have learned the most in this particular class. I know it has had a broad range of topics, but the information about each topic was very rich. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this class. I do wish that I had been able to take the class on campus instead of online, because I feel like I missed out by not getting to actually hear the lectures each week. But that’s okay. I have made it to the end of the semester without giving up, and I’m proud of myself.