Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I DID IT!!! Yay! I am so happy that I was actually able to finish the whole program. This was a great program, and if I have time I plan on going on and learning about more of the 43 things. Lets see for a summary. My favorite discoveries were playing with the Avitars and the different generators, playing with flickr, learning about RSS feed and learning about the down loadable books. This program has definitely helped with my life long learning goals, because I learned about 22 new things. That is great! I really enjoyed playing with the ebooks and I think that is something I will take away and use more. Playing with my blog here has also inspired me to keep my "MySpace" up to date a little more (I still need to add more pics though). The program was run very well. Some of the sites were a little hard to navigate through and not very user friendly. I think if possible a few more tutorials even if they are like the one for the RSS feeds would be a big help. Unfortunately being moved to a small branch in the middle I lost the ability to readily ask others who were working on the program for help, and just did not have the time to even email for help. I would most definitely choose to participate in other discovery programs like this on in the future. How would I describe my learning experience? I enjoyed the program, I wish I had actually had the time I needed to really explore all of the sites. I learned about a lot of new things, some I will use some I will not. I see the validity of all of these programs and can see where libraries can use and promote these tools. I am glad to have had the chance to participate in this program and expand my knowledge of Web 2.0
WOOT! ALMOST THERE! So I played around with down loadable audio books. This is really cool! I have never really had the opportunity to play with them, but I may actually start using them some. I can download books to my pocket pc and listen to them on my lunch break or in the car. That is really cool. I think this is the tool that I have enjoyed playing with the most.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Podcasting is cool. I like being able to listen to different radio stations etc. However most of the podcasts I checked out for this part of the program were just way to long, I just don't have the attention span to sit and listen to something that is an hour long. I can see libraries using podcasts to provide verbal instructions on how to use different tools and services that we offer, maybe to help give quick tutorials etc. I could not find anything that really interested me to add to my account that wasn't really old or really really long. I will keep looking, but I want to move on to the next of the 23 things so that I can be finished before the 3rd.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Ok coming down to the wire here, Im gonna get this finished. I played around with YouTube. I was some what familiar with the site I go there often to look up new commercials that Adventures in Library No0bness puts up :) Anyway it took me a while to find a video that is worth putting on my blog but I really enjoyed this one. I think YouTube is a great tool for the library to be using. I enjoyed the video that was put on at the beginning of the summer promoting summer reading club. I think it is a great way for the library to advertise events and programs
I explored a few of the Web 2.0 Awards winners sites. You know me I immediately go for the game sites. They were cool, several cute new games that don't need to be downloaded and are free to play online. I also looked at some of the online desktop sites they were really cool. Goowy www.goowy.com/index.aspx and Desktoptwo https://desktoptwo.com/ were both really interesting. I like the idea of being able to access those things from one place. They both give you an email account, a calender, you can integrate certain instant messaging accounts and chat right from there etc. I liked and disliked they both for different reasons. Neither one links to enough instant messaging sites, goowy links to Yahoo or MSN and desktoptwo only links to MSN. Goowy allows you to play cool games and desktoptwo gives you word processing tools. Here again I could see us directing customers to these sites to do word processing and saving documents if they are unable to get a disk or are afraid of the disk being erased. There are a lot of cool Web 2.0 sites out there that is for sure
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Well I played around with both Google Docs and Zoho Writer. They definatly have there place. They are great for people working on group projects or people who don't have office on there computers. I can see us directing customers to these sites if they do not have the mean to buy a disk, or know they have a different program at home that is not compatable with the software that we have at the library. It would also help lower the risk of disks going bad and getting erased. I can also see it being used as a good source for group projects. Groups could use a wiki to colaborate all of there research etc, and then use Zoho or Google Docs to put together the final paper or presentation and edit it together without having to be in the same place.
Ok Learning 2.0 SandBox wiki is a bunch of fun. I added my blog to the favorite bolgs page, and I added to the Favorite Dogs page. It was fun being able to change the text and color etc. I can really see where wikis have a place in the future of libraries. Especially in project building and management.