Monthly Archives: June 2009

Spinscape isn't so Free after All

NECCunplugged

NECCunplugged

I didn’t get to go to NECC this year due to finances so I have been attending (and moderating) NECCunplugged sessions virtually. Today at the WoW2 session Cheri Toledo shared that she had attended a session on Spinscape and was impressed with its features so I decided to check it out.

I hadn’t heard of Spinscape and was pleasantly surprised to find that Spinscape is a collaborative suite of online products. According to the website,

What is Spinscape™ ?

Spinscape™ is a tool users (people like you and me) can fire up to brainstorm, collaborate, annotate, and autodiscover new bits of digital information.

Research

Spinscape’s Autodiscovery Plug-In feature gives you the capability to research information from resources such as Google, Wikipedia, Delicious including IMAGES, VIDEOS, TEXT

Once you’ve found the information you were looking for you can easily drop it into a node within a map

Even create your own plugins or have a 3rd party write the plugins to accomplish your business goals.

Currently, Spinscape allows teams or groups to collaborate on a project in real time anywhere in

Spinscape.com

Spinscape.com

the world. New features are added each month. One of the more recent features includes the ability to add music (.mid) files to the mind mapping document created when collaborating with colleagues or team members.

Registration at Spinscape.com is quick and simple. When you first sign up, you receive access to a premium account for the first 30 days. You can continue with the premium account for $9.99 a month or $100 a year. Premimum account features include,

Premium users enjoy all of the features included with a free account–and MORE. You can add attachments, access additional plugins and utilize enhanced collaboration features such as shared editing and real-time chat! See the chart below for more details. Then get the full functionality of Premium for a low monthly price or an even lower annual price!

I thought Spinscape was going to be an exciting new tool but the collaborative piece and chat features are only available as part of the premium subscription and not accessible with the free account. With Google documents and the upcoming Google Wave chat feature available soon within Google docs, I can’t see paying for services when there are quality alternatives available for free. Spinscape isn’t so free after all – bummer.

Spinscape isn’t so Free after All

NECCunplugged

NECCunplugged

I didn’t get to go to NECC this year due to finances so I have been attending (and moderating) NECCunplugged sessions virtually. Today at the WoW2 session Cheri Toledo shared that she had attended a session on Spinscape and was impressed with its features so I decided to check it out.

I hadn’t heard of Spinscape and was pleasantly surprised to find that Spinscape is a collaborative suite of online products. According to the website,

What is Spinscape™ ?

Spinscape™ is a tool users (people like you and me) can fire up to brainstorm, collaborate, annotate, and autodiscover new bits of digital information.

Research

Spinscape’s Autodiscovery Plug-In feature gives you the capability to research information from resources such as Google, Wikipedia, Delicious including IMAGES, VIDEOS, TEXT

Once you’ve found the information you were looking for you can easily drop it into a node within a map

Even create your own plugins or have a 3rd party write the plugins to accomplish your business goals.

Currently, Spinscape allows teams or groups to collaborate on a project in real time anywhere in

Spinscape.com

Spinscape.com

the world. New features are added each month. One of the more recent features includes the ability to add music (.mid) files to the mind mapping document created when collaborating with colleagues or team members.

Registration at Spinscape.com is quick and simple. When you first sign up, you receive access to a premium account for the first 30 days. You can continue with the premium account for $9.99 a month or $100 a year. Premimum account features include,

Premium users enjoy all of the features included with a free account–and MORE. You can add attachments, access additional plugins and utilize enhanced collaboration features such as shared editing and real-time chat! See the chart below for more details. Then get the full functionality of Premium for a low monthly price or an even lower annual price!

I thought Spinscape was going to be an exciting new tool but the collaborative piece and chat features are only available as part of the premium subscription and not accessible with the free account. With Google documents and the upcoming Google Wave chat feature available soon within Google docs, I can’t see paying for services when there are quality alternatives available for free. Spinscape isn’t so free after all – bummer.

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?