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

I work full time as a Senior ISD, I am a wife, and mother of 2 incredible kids (ages 11 and 7). I love to spend my time with family and friends. Cooking and gardening are my main hobbies and I’m always in the middle of a good book. I’ve been getting more into hiking lately and it’s been a great way for my family to disconnect and explore a new place.

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

I mainly use my smart phone to explore a topic or read. However, most of my work time is on a desktop (at work) and laptop (school). I mainly use my iPad to read books and recipes.

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

Like most people, google is my first stop when I’m not quite sure exactly where to look for something. When I’m in the mood to learn something new just for fun, I love listening to podcasts. When I need a tutorial, YouTube is the place to go.

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?

I wish that I had some ISD tools (Captivate, Articulate Storyline, etc.). I should be getting those for work soon and am looking forward to diving in.

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

It would have different areas for exploring, a part to track my tasks, easy resources like WebEx, and content that’s constantly updating with new information.

Meredith Cross

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