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

I am Julie Cusano. I am a sophomore at Wheelock College, and I am currently pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology. I am currently a second year Jumpstart Corps member. I absolutely love learning about children, and the human mind. I also love learning about the world around me; I am very much into politics and I love to write.

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

I use my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook to learn.

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

I use search engines, and social networks such as Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest to learn.
The internet is a really great place to get a lot of knowledge really quickly.

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?

No comment.

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

My ideal Personal Learning Environment would be that I would be allowed to take notes on my laptop/iPad in all of my classes. I have a harder time processing things when I write them, rather than if I were to type them in class.

I am able to think and type more articulate notes than I do if I am writing them. Some professors at Wheelock have been supportive of this, while others have not. I adapt when necessary, but believe that my ideal way of thinking very much involves technology.

This way, I also do not lose my notes. I still have an entire document that is over 80 pages long from my first year Human Growth and Development class. All I have to do is hit CTRL + F and enter a search term such as “Piaget” to find the information I am looking for at any given time. It’s much faster and easier for me to comprehend.

Julie Cusano
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