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

I am a Wheelock College student studying Social Work with an interest in media literacy and poli sci. I went to a high school for the arts and spent four years studying culinary.

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

I prefer using my laptop to learn, but I believe that using a tablet for math would improve my learning due to an ability to use both tactile and visual learning on a touch-screen.

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

One of my favorite resources is Youtube. The format encourages educators to take complex ideas and compress them into basic ones while using both audio and visual components instead of over-complicating things. I have also found that blogs are helpful because they also display basic ideas in short formats as well as showing multiple sides on single topics. Podcasts are also great on occasion because I can still go about my daily life while learning.

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?

As stated above, some sort of tablet would be beneficial. However, I don’t really know about any of the described tools. While I’m sure they would be helpful, I have never been exposed to them.

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

I don’t really know exactly what a PLE looks like in general. However, I think that a mix of medias as well as physical interaction with peers and professors is exceptionally beneficial to me as a student. Using media alone over interaction is almost certain to lose my attention.

Catherine Rancourt
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