Who are you, and what do you like to learn about? (academically, professionally, and/or personally)
I’m a graduate student at George Mason University working on a Master’s in Instructional Technology. One of my electives was a course in Social Media where we were required to construct a PLE for a final project. My hobby is ballroom dancing. I take lessons, perform showcases and compete. My PLE was on constructing a way to measure my progress in ballroom dancing.
What hardware do you use to learn? (Eg. smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop)
I use a laptop, a tablet and a smartpone.
What software do you use to learn? (Eg. search engines, mobile apps, social networks, eBooks, digital libraries, wikis, blogs, videos, podcasts)
I use google products, educational dance products, Youtube and other videos, and my blog and other dance blogs and online articles, such as Dance Comp Review.
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?
DVIDA puts out a whole series of dance videos which are available for purchase I also used an Excel spreadsheet to track my progress. I have used mind-mapping tools but didn’t for that project.
What might your ideal Personal Learning Environment (PLE) look like?
I learn by doing, so my PLE has to have an outline of what I’m going to cover for each dance. Part of my problem is spatial perception and practicing steps by myself which is why I hate group class. Working with my teacher and the owner we decided that every 2-3 weeks I would dance a level 2 routine (3-5 steps) for one dance and have to perform some of the steps on my own. The owner in conjunction with my teacher would rate my progress and we would chart it on the spreadsheet.