Who are you, and what do you like to learn about? (academically, professionally, and/or personally)

My name is Adrienne LaRoche. I came to Wheelock college from a small town in Massachusetts. I have a passion for learning about children, and have recently discovered my interest in the field of psychology.

What hardware do you use to learn? (Eg. smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop)

I use my Surface Pro3 for the majority of my work. It’s ability to act as a tablet in addition to a laptop is extremely convenient. I am also able to write notes directly on the screen in my own penmanship during class, which I then print and add to a laptop. Occasionally I use my phone to look at references online while writing a paper. This makes it easy to incorporate in-text citations when copy and paste isn’t available.

What software do you use to learn? (Eg. search engines, mobile apps, social networks, eBooks, digital libraries, wikis, blogs, videos, podcasts)

I primarily use Google in addition to the Wheelock College database to research and learn. I learn best through reading and taking notes, so I do not use videos frequently.

What digital tools do you wish you had access to for learning? (Eg. any graphic organizers, mind-mapping tools, resource management tools, progress tracking tools, design tools, etc.) Why?

I often wish that there were more accessible online planners that held homework assignments, exercise regiment, test dates, and club meetings. I think it would be greatly beneficial if the online planner was connected with the online syllabi teachers upload to Moodle, as well as the school calendar. This would make it easy to view all upcoming deadlines and activities online, without having to manually enter all of them.

What might your ideal Personal Learning Environment (PLE) look like?

I enjoy open learning environments that promote safe conversation and interaction. I do best especially in situations that allow for face-to-face interaction.

My Wheelock Email is: Adrienne.LaRoche@my.wheelock.edu

Adrienne LaRoche
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