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

I am an Early Childhood Pre-K through Grade 2 and Literature major at Wheelock College. I like to learn about pretty much everything. Right now I am taking a class at MassArt called Women’s Literature in Global Perspective. We just read The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat, which I also read in a Caribbean Literature & Histories class at Wheelock. The novel provides a narrative for the Parsley Massacre, which the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo lead as an ethnic cleansing of Haitians from the Dominican Republic. So, currently I am interested in the way physical bodies carry histories, can act as memorial sites, influence the way the we conceptualize ourselves, and how our bodies interact with our minds – all of this in relation to bodies that have undergone trauma.

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

Laptop is the only robot technology I use for learning.

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

Google, Google Scholar, JSTOR, FLO, ArtSTOR, podcasts, blogs, videos, audiobooks, radio (NPR).

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?

Some method for organizing my readings, that had a really sleek thesaurus and dictionary on it. This would help me to not have so many browsers up all the time, which can be annoying and distracting.

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

A quiet, sunny room. Lots of plants in it. Notebooks and pens available. Rugs, comfortable, yet structured chairs. Clean, minimal clutter. A stand-up desk and a sit-down desk! Somewhere to make tea in the same room with different kinds available. Snacks. Gum. Water. Room to move around. Alone. QUIET!

My email is:
rebecca.gallegos@wheelock.edu

Rebecca Gallegos
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