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

I’m a professional working in K-12 education, for the association ASCD. I am really interested in developing the best training for teachers and digital tools to help them in the classroom.

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

Smart phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. I use my smart phone for checking on class requirements, course updates, and news articles. I use the tablet/laptop/desktop mainly for contributing to online discussions, readings, and writing papers.

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

Search engines, mobile apps, social networking like Pinterest and Twitter; eBooks, digital libraries, (not much from wikis, blogs, or podcasts), some from videos.

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?

Definitely some graphic organizers like Visio, mind-mapping tools, and design tools. To enhance the quality of presentations, reports, and be able to demonstrate the concepts better to the audience. The resource managemet and progress tracking tools would be of more help on large-scale projects with groups larger than 15 I believe.

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

My PLE would incorporate links to digital libraries, have embedded feeds of Twitter, Edutopia top stories, online discussion from classes, etc. to provide a dynamic element. I would be able to have a digital portfolio as part of my learning environment, and be able to look back and reference previous work I’ve done, and have links to public pages of my fellow students.

Anne at GMU EDIT 730

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