Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Thankful Heart

Vicki Davis issued a challenge on her blog recently - she challenged us to thank others around us.  With that in mind, I reiterated her challenge on twitter, then thanked some people in my life and took screenshots. I challenge everyone to follow suit.




Tag your thanks with #ty4whatUdo and let's see if we can collate what occurs.




I thanked Dr. Cyndi Danner-Kuhns, a Technology Professor at Kansas State for being totally awesome. Dr. Danner-Kuhns has been a cheerleader in my life for many years. I recently found out she required students to read my blog, so now I try to at least post Diigo bookmarks weekly if nothing else.





I thanked Dr. Mark Weston, Associate Dean at Georgia Tech, for connecting with me often.  He often brings a smile to my face just when I need it most via Twitter notifications sent to my cell (the wanna be smart phone which isn't so smart)



I thanked Dr. Leigh Zeitz,  Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, for connecting with me over the years and explaining to me the true definition of PhD.




And I thanked my good friends Dr. Frank Volke, Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IBMT, Germany  and David Deeds, a technology teacher at an international school in Guatemala City



As I was gathering links for this post, I saw on Linkedin that Vicki has challenged us to thank secretaries, janitors, lunch workers....oi, I better get busy............

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The best boss in the whole wide world who just WON A BAMMY!

Here is a picture of the best boss in the world at the Bammy's last week


She won the 2014 BAMMY as "Best Talk Show Host in Education" for Every Classroom Matters, an Internet Radio Show on the BAM Radio Network. She coauthored Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and recently authored Reinventing Writing:  The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever , writes periodic posts for Edutopia among other big names.
She is Vicki Davis the coolcatteacher - a full time wife, mother, and teacher with thousands of followers on more social media platforms than anybody else I know.

Recently she wrote a post about me and this is my response post. Hat tip to Mark Weston on Twitter for tweeting me a birthday wish


When I got this on my not so smart phone, I ran upstairs (that is funny in itself if you know me) to my computer to find out what was a foot. It seems that Google+ told people today was my birthday

Today would have been my father's 101th birthday.  He left this world in 1999.  I can only assume I was showing Google+ to someone and entered the wrong date so they would not know my birthday.
I have worked for Vicki on Every Classroom Matters materials and other odd jobs since April and loved every minute of it.  I also am working on my dissertation ( I am ABD ) and live with an energetic 5 year old and his grandmother, who by the way is so fantastic at what she does that she just got a job at Frostburg State University days after she graduated with a Master's. She is the Coordinator of Veterans' Services ! 
  
Yes Vicki I am more comfortable in both the offline world and the online world as the backstage manager. I am the one who pushes others out on stage into the spotlight, sings their notes when they forget their songs, cues lines, paints the scenery, makes sure the props are all in place. I do it online, have done it offline for several school productions at a Veterans' School in Pennsylvania, and do it inworld for the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. 


If I have learned anything in this life it is that we live not for accolades but for those with whom  we surround ourselves and our relationships with them. So thank you best boss for the wonderful wishes !

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Flock's Wordle

What do a group of doctoral students in ed tech do  when tasked with using words to describe their roles as doctoral students? Make a wordle of course! This is courtesy of Shane!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waves in Time ...

Another course assignment for a course in my doctoral program. I had also forgotten about this one....