In looking back on 2008, one of the most positive influences in my life has been establishing a PLN or Personal Learning Network.
My PLN is not just made up of colleagues or even former colleagues. It is made up of educators from around the world, some of which I had the great pleasure of meeting in 2008 and some of which I certainly hope to meet in the future.
Without doubt the most valuable tool I have used for establishing my PLN has been Twitter.
Twitter has provided me with the opportunity to:
- share and discover new resources (my Delicious links have gone through the roof, thanks to Twitter!)
- ask for and offer assistance to colleagues about a range of ICT and education issues
- have access to a never-ending amount of professional development (reading the blogs of other educators has been extremely worthwhile)
- feel a deep sense of gratitude for my home, town I live in, school I work in and the wonderful people in my life
- share lots of funny moments and even some heart-breaking ones
I compiled the slideshow below using One True Media
which was passed onto me by the lovely Amanda Marrinan
via Twitter. (Of course!) If you are unable to view the movie via the player, please click here
. Special thanks to Lisa Dumicich
for the fabulous photo of Twitterers at the VITTA 2008 Conference. 🙂
Whilst it features photos of those in my PLN that I was fortunate enough to work with or meet in 2008, its purpose is to say thank you to everyone. The amazing support that you have provided me is truly appreciated. You are indeed my “Twitter Angels”!
I first saw the Eee PC at the 2007 VITTA Conference. It was quite impressive – a small, light-weight notebook computer for under $500. I decided to “file that one away”.
My friends and family know that when I put my mind to something, I am fairly determined to do it well – and setting up a blog was going to be no exception!
Wouldn’t it be great to have a device that was portable enough to pop in your bag allowing you to jot down ideas or create blog posts almost anywhere?
Suddenly, the Eee PC was “pulled out of the filing cabinet”!
After a little research into pricing, specs, etc…I decided that the Eee PC could be very useful for “anytime, anywhere” blogging!
And the deciding factor? They had one in pink! 😉
I have to admit, I’m pleasantly surprised. It comes out of the box with everything I need and the simplicity of the Linux Operating System makes it a breeze to use.
My only disappointment is that the quotation marks key doesn’t work and for some strange reason the touch pad and my daughter’s index finger are “incompatible” so she has to use a mouse!
One thing’s for sure though – this type of device is quickly gaining popularity. HP have just released their HP Mini, selling for around $800 and who knows what will come next…