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

I am a passionate advocate for those who face injustice. I love to learn about politics, and social justice issues. I want to study law and be a judge so laws and formulation of ideas are crucial. I like to learn about why things are the way they are!

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

I have a Samsung Galaxy S6, which is always in my hand so I can stay up to date with what is happening around the globe. I also have a laptop for more formal settings, but I only really use it to write my papers or create schedules for myself.

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

I listen and read online:
NPR news
Huffington Post
Washington Post
Boston Globe
Vice News

I use facebook, twitter, instagram (rarely) and snapchat.

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 I knew more how to make infographs. That way I could put everything I have in my head in one place.

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

I wish I had a tool where all my news articles could be all on site. Or something that could read me my articles while I’m doing homework. I use facebook for the articles that I follow, but it would be nice to not always have Facebook up there. Also a site that had all my arguments or sources for/against a certain issue. For instance I have a whole load of information of gun control and racism but I can’t always find the article that I base my reasoning on. It’s hard to save all those articles and keep it organized. Or I just don’t save them and fear of not being able to find them as fast. It’s a mess. A room just dedicated to work is cool too.

Thomas Barrows
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