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Just One of My Reasons to Give Thanks

Just before Thanksgiving, we purchased a domain and year of hosting with Siteground for a grand total of $9.95 for the entire year! They are running a special right now and we couldn’t pass it up. When we first inquired, my husband was told that installing WordPress blogs and Moodle were super easy. This was far from the truth!

My husband and I installed and researched solutions as to why we were unable to create sub directories or sub domains. I forgot which. My husband is the technical guru in the house here. He consulted with tech support and tech support set up sub domains (or vice versa) and that isn’t what we wanted for the URL. We spent hours and hours and my husband gave up for the time being but I persisted! I contacted Sue Waters (@suewaters) on Skype and told her what we were trying to do and what we were actually seeing. She was super busy with Edublogger things but said when she got free she would assist me.

In the meantime, I had solicited assistance and advice on Twitter and was overwhelmed by the response I got. Several of my Twitter followers referred me to WordPress gurus. @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne was instrumental in helping us solve the problem. I don’t know exactly what the problem was but @mrjarbenne explained it to my husband. He understood but it is all Greek to me. It had something to do with the .htaccess config file or something like that. Regardless, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were phenomenal and I am very thankful for their efforts this Thanksgiving.

When all was said and done it was about midnight CST in San Antonio, Texas. @grade1, @aforgrave and @mrjarbenne were up in Canada. In the span of three hours, the problem was resolved. I messaged Sue on Skype and told her all was taken care of and we were all set. While this situation was very frustrating, it was interesting to me to see this unfold. There were tons of messages and DMs back and forth on Twitter.

Despite our difficulties and struggles getting WordPress set up, we are still glad we went with Siteground as the website and Moodle set up were very easy. The initial install of WordPress was super easy but we were complicating things by wanting a distinct set up. Other than this hiccup, the installation and use of the control panel were ‘super easy’ as they claimed.

If you are interested in a bargain for a new domain and an entire year of hosting for only $9.95 as part of Siteground’s Thanksgiving special I encourage you to explore their offerings. If this is a first time purchase for you I think you will find it very easy to use if your setup is for just one person. The trouble we encountered was with the multi-site and network set up that was causing our frustration. Special thanks goes out to @jenwagner on Twitter for sharing this bargain special with me!

I knew that after this issue was resolved, I was going to write a blog post on our multi-site WordPress blog about the difficulties we encountered and how my Professional/Personal Learning Network (PLN) was responsible for assisting us with the blog setup. Aviva (@grade1) summed it up perfectly when she said, “Wow! Definitely speaks to the power of a PLN!” as shown in the Tweet above (click the image to enlarge).

I will continue with this blog and my NEW blog at our new domain of http://www.pumpuplearning.com (still under construction).  I titled it, as a result of a suggestion from my hubby, @martycaisejr. So on this day of Thanksgiving, I give thanks for everyone that contributed to this learning opportunity and hope it was a blessed day for you and your family.

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I’m a New Graduate!

As of Wednesday, September 15th, I am a full fledged graduate and now hold a Master of Education in Learning and Technology from the Teacher’s College at Western Governors University! It is so surreal – I can’t believe I finished the program in 18 months. I found a semi-inexpensive master’s program that was online and with accreditation that was accepted in the Texas State Board of Certification. My goal is to use this degree to find a teaching position online either for a virtual middle/high school or online adjunct instructor/professor position. If you are in need of someone for a position like this please contact me!

I could not have completed this degree program without my professional learning network (PLN). Twitter/Plurk/Facebook friends shared words of encouragement, resources and supported my research efforts by completing surveys and evaluating my Moodle course created for teachers to acquire technology integration skills and assist students to become better problem solvers (you can use the guest login to view the Moodle course I created as part of my capstone research project http://caisefiles.edumoot.com/course/view.php?id=11).

I want to thank several people that were instrumental in assisting me throughout my degree program. My WGU mentor, Janet Loy, was  instrumental in guiding me through the program and answering my endless questions. Thank you to my invaluable PLN for sharing their time, resources and knowledge with me. A special thank you to Peggy George who spent countless hours offering words of wisdom, encouragement and coached me through the various parts of the capstone research project that I had to complete.

My Classroom 2.0 LIVE co-hosts Peggy George and Lorna Costantini provided endless support and advice throughout the past 18 months. I was surprised this past Saturday during our regular Saturday show with a special web tour page (http://live.classroom20.com/congratulations-kim.html) sharing with everyone my recent accomplishment. I was so honored!

My last, but not least, thank you goes out to my husband, Marty, for encouraging me during frustrating moments, discussing ideas for my papers and project, and for supporting my decision to seek a master’s degree program paid with school loans.

I am eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to this endeavor. It was a long, arduous journey and marks the start of a new direction in my career. Cheers everyone!

Calling All Math Teachers or Moodlers?

Are you a Moodler? Are you a math teacher? Then I NEED you! As part of my capstone project for my grad program at Western Governors University (WGU), I have to conduct a formative evaluation. I need reviewers to evaluate the math problems solving Moodle course that I created.

If you are unfamiliar with Moodle, no need to worry. Not an upper level math teacher? That’s okay too. I need the reviewers to evaluate the course based only on the content and quality of the learning activities. The course features activities that require teachers to create a VoiceThread and a ‘mathcast‘, a screencast featuring an explanation of math word problem or algorithm. If you are unfamiliar with VoiceThread and creating screencasts, even better since that is the target audience for the math course.

I know there were some broken links in the first module of the course but feel free to list those as part of the suggestions for improvements. As an evaluator you will be looking for ways to revise and improve the course. Please leave a comment with your email address and I will send you the Moodle course length and link to the survey for your responses. As a compensation for your time, I will be happy to buy you a cup of coffee.

Connected Leadership Moodle Meet

This week I have had the privilege of co-facilitating and collaborating on the creation of a Moodle course about being a connected leader. The course was created as part of the Connected Leadership Moodle Meet online conference occurring this week. I created the Moodle course with co-collaborators Peggy George and Lorna Costantini. We created a three module course featuring articles, blog posts, images and discussion forums talking about what it means to be a connected leader, parent in a digital world and change agent in a digital world.

The course is free and open to everyone so please share the link with your colleagues. It has been a busy week which is the reason I am writing this blog post mid week instead of last Sunday. Sunday evening we hosted an awesome webinar to start the Moodle Meet online conference. Sunday’s webinar was so moving, so touching. Peggy, Lorna and I shared how and why we created each of the three modules in the course. We had beautiful images from the ‘Flickr Great Quotes about Learning and Change‘ image group and used those to inspire the attendees to get excited about the commencement of the Moodle Meet. We closed by showing the youtube video of Kevin Honeycutt’s song, “I Need My Teachers to Learn“. After the video concluded, it seemed like time stood still for a second with no one saying anything. This was one of the moments when you know you touched the heartstrings of the people that are in your session. This was a rare paycheck of the heart and is the reason that I do what I do.

The title of the Moodle Meet conference is, ‘Connected Leadership for Connected Learning – Are you Ready?’ In depth conversations are happening in the discussion forums and the number of discussion posts and registrants grows every day. It is exciting to see things happening in each of the course modules and I encourage you to join in!

Are you a connected leader? How important are our professional connections to other educators or networks? Can a leader be effective without a PLN or blogging? Do you want to be a change agent? Hopefully you are intrigued and interested in joining our Moodle Meet course. You can create a new account and access the course at http://cuebc.ca/moodle/course/view.php?id=15. The course will be archived and available after this week so you can still reflect upon the items in the various modules. Hopefully the conversations will continue long after the Moodle Meet course has concluded.

Calling all Educators!

This past April 1, 2009, I decided to take the plunge and start a master’s program. I enrolled at Western Governors University and am working towards a Master of Education in Learning and Technology. As a culminating project, I will be writing a capstone project about the following instructional problem:

Teachers frequently express frustration with the quality of professional development they receive about effective ways to integrate technology technology into their teaching.

I have posed a possible solution to the above instructional problem:

mwsnap01247“A learning management system will be created featuring an online Moodle community with modules that will train teachers on basic technology skills and ways to integrate technology into teachers’ content area(s) to enrich student learning. This will result in teachers taking ownership of their learning, changing negative perceptions of online professional development and creating similar online  activities for their students to participate.

Moodle will be the tool used to deliver the online training sessions. The goal is to deliver quality professional development online that is accessible 24/7, that is meaningful and relative delivered online to the participating teachers.  I haven’t worked out all of the details as I am just in the needs analysis phase and am just starting to gather data.

I have created two different instruments to gather data. One is a Google form at:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=cEROTTBDOTItTFN1QkdWbVlEV0VKRHc6MA

If you could take a moment and share the link with your colleagues I would great appreciate it. Feel free to tweet, plurk, post on your blog, Facebook, or anywhere that you think would help drive educators to complete the survey. Educators from Superintendent to the beginning teacher are invited to complete the two instruments to get a wide range of responses. The audience is all educators; more specifically educators new to using technology.

The second is a short questionnaire embedded at one of my wikis:

http://caisefiles.wikispaces.com/capstone_project_questions

The questions are completely open ended and your answers can be very brief or extensive – whatever you have time to write. I know time is a valuable commodity for everyone so I understand if you are not able to complete either one of the intruments. If you aren’t able to complete the instruments but can share with colleagues the links to the instruments I greatly appreciate it.