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

I enjoy strategically connecting ideas and goals to communicate with different target markets and establish lasting relationships. I have a passion for training people to solve problems, casting vision and equipping people with the proper tools whether with technology or otherwise.

I like to learn about education, philosophy, sociology, technology, natural science, health, food, and travel.

I am beginning to develop my personal brand and create the space where my passion and training collide.

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

I use my phone and laptop mainly.

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

My main information comes from search engines, youtube/vimeo, podcasts, eBooks, blogs, online newspapers/magazines. I used wikis occasionally for a quick reference.

I view social media as mainly entertainment, for example, I go to Facebook for a good laugh and see how my acquaintances are doing. I know it can be used in other ways but it has lost my respect.

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 would like to research some better textt-to-speech tools. I am an auditory learner and listening to my textbooks and resources would speed up my learning as well as keep me better engaged.

I feel that if used correctly, blackboard is a great tool to fulfill the need for a resource management tool where I can go to find everything I need on the topics covered in class in an organized fashion. However, it would help me to have a section to save my to-do lists and keep notes from class or hw . Moreover, it would be extremely helpful to see assignments on a calendar in addition to a list in the syllabus. The visual aspect of it helps students plan ahead and know what to expect if assignments do bottleneck on certain weeks, for example.

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

My PLE would include videos, text-to-speech apps, real-time collaboration apps, digital libraries, podcasts, creative digital tools and an old fashion pen, highlighter and paper. I prefer physically drawing my mind maps and pictures according to my personal preferences. Apps can be restricting. It’s simply, faster, easier and more satisfying.

Sonya W. EDIT 730

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