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My PLN is the BEST!

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I can honestly say that my PLN is absolutely the best! With everyone’s help I was recently awarded a microgrant entitled “Pump up your Summer Learning!” from WeAreTeachers.com. I am so honored and thankful for all of the help, support, sharing, voting and encouragement I received from my PLN. I know without my PLN I would not have been in the top 10 and won the grant. The competition was fierce for this contest and I came in ninth place out of ten. Again, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who voted and recruited others to vote – without you this wouldn’t have been possible!

I truly am amazed at how wonderful my PLN is. Over time, I have interacted with a large number of01762 people on Twitter and Plurk. Lately, my focus is more at Plurk as I consider myself to be very social and like that connection. Plurk allows me to engage in a multitude of conversations and learn about new tools, trends and issues in ed tech. We also talk about our pets, their children (my pets), family members, tech toys, upcoming conferences or the weather. It is truly amazing the wonderful support I have found from essentially virtual strangers as I only know their online persona. Using the private plurk, we share personal struggles or situations that we are dealing with in life, like the tragic loss of my mother and prayers requests for one another about a job situation, family member’s health, loss of a loved one and many more too numerous to name.

01663For the past five years, I have contemplated going to grad school. In the past, I wouldn’t even entertain the idea as I didn’t want to become one of ‘them’ and leave the classroom. As my teaching skills refined, I was put in leadership positions and now the career positions that I seek require a master’s degree. My main obstacle was cost, second to wanting an online degree program that is certified and recognized by the Texas Education Agency. I put out my request on Twitter and Plurk and received some awesome suggestions. My criteria was that it had to be economical, self paced online and fully accredited and recognized by the US Department of Education. I chose Western Governors University and am pursuing a Master of Education in Learning and Technology as part of the online university’s Teacher College and currently have been deeply entrenched in trying to complete a needs analysis paper while trying to fulfill my duties as a co-host of Classroom 2.0 LIVE!.

Flickr CC: Kandyjaxx's Photostream
Flickr CC: Kandyjaxx’s Photostream

In addition, to school and Classroom 2.0 LIVE!, every Monday evening I babysit my nieces so my sister can go to school to become a teacher via an alternative certification program that I helped her enroll, give her job resources and help her find job leads with a compassionate principal at an elementary campus (please have mercy and help us if you are an elementary principal in San Antonio. I will help my sister so hiring her indirectly gets me (a national board certified teacher) at no charge to your campus! :)) Now is that a deal that you just can’t pass up or what?

Dabble in Dabbleboard

As I was reading the Twitter posts from people I follow, Justin Reeve, author of the “Insights into Educational Technology” blog, submitted a post about Dabbleboard. I decided to check it out and was so glad that I did! Often times I had said to myself that I wish there was a way to show someone on the internet how to do some type of process, demonstration, diagram or facilitate an activity on a virtual whiteboard. Dabbleboard is one such tool.

When drawing a diagram using Dabbleboard, you can use the mouse to draw a circle or rectangle and Dabbleboard automatically converts the object to a typical diagram object. Use can also use the freehand tools to draw objects as well. You can resize and move objects as well as add text anywhere in the diagram by clicking in the whitespace and typing. I created a very basic diagram to demo some of the features of Dabbleboard below.

Make sure you click on the diagram image. It will take you to the public link (hopefully since the link was associated with my email). While there, manipulate a few of the objects and try some of the the tools. I tried several images of the screenshot but haven’t been able to find one that doesn’t look blurry to me. Anway, the resolution of the actual Dabbleboard diagram is much better.

The main feature that I liked is the ability to share the diagram created. I haven’t played with the feature yet but from the video tour it appears that several people can collaborate, edit and view the same diagram. You can import objects into the workspace for additional collaboration.

One think I had to remember was to click on the object to activate the selection handles to move or resize. Overall, this is a great free tool that I will definitely use with students and when collaborating with colleagues. I see endless opportunities to use this tool. Thanks Justin for sharing!