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My PLN is the BEST!



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?

Four **FREE** Must See Resources You Won’t Want to Miss

Hello, my name is Kim and I am addicted to microblogging. Whether it be Twitter or Plurk it doesn’t matter as long as I am reading, collaborating, sharing, conversing, etc. An awesome mentor, friend and colleague, Peggy George, introduced me to Tweetdeck to view and follow tweets on Twitter. As a result of those tweets or plurks, I discovered some fantastic resources that I have to share with you. You may be familiar with some of the ones I will share, especially if we follow one another on Plurk or Twitter. I am going to do a four part series on these new resources that you won’t want to miss so be sure to stay tuned for all four postings. These four resources are not the end all to be all sites but they are new to many in the microbloggingsphere and have really been Anyway, on with the show!

Source: Glogster

The first site is Glogster. At Glogster you can upload pictures, add graphics and text to the pictures and create graphics to dress up blogs, wikis, websites or your avatars for various sites. You can be as creative as your imagination is capable of and the possibilities of designing graphics at this site is endless. The site is user friendly and phenomenal for creating exciting collages for homepages of wikis, blogs, websites or class projects.

I was looking through the ones that were shared at the site and there are some amazing creations to explore for ideas and motivation. Be cautious though and steer younger students away from the gallery if using with students as some of the creations are of adult content; not necessarily obscene or vulgar just of adult topics like rape or diseases. I saw one class creation of butterflies and a student example using the graphics at the site for a diagram similar to those created in Inspiration but more colorful.


Source: Pagesage

This Glogster is of a two groups of students paired up as Reading buddies. Hopefully the teacher who created this page had releases from the students’ parents but I wanted to share an educational example of but I wanted to show a glog used in the classroom.

Soure: Glogster Cybrarian

This Glogster is an example of a webquest that a teacher created for her students to use. The graphics are links to research sites and online activities the students need to complete. Students can create their webquests for other students or classes to complete to extend learning or enrich a classroom activity. Talk about creating excitement using such a creative, limitless tool! We strive for students to exert their independence and show their creativity and personal expression and Glogster allows students (and their teachers) to do just that by creating content area activities requiring the creative use of Glogster in an infinite number of ways for display. Take some time and explore and you will soon see the value and ideas rolling around in your head and students’ minds when you use Glogster!