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?
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.