Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The End of the begining. Which, I suppose, puts us somewhere in the middle of it.

It seems the easiest way to work on our final portion of Learning 2.0 is to just jump in and answer the questions. So here goes!

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
Learning 2.0 was instrumental in giving me the kick in the pants to get a blog going for our family. It has been fun to get my wife and kids interested in it. My wife got hooked on a website called human clock and has posted to that site as well as to our blog. Once we started, my sister-in-law started as well, and she and her 8 year old have begun blogging. I’m really interested in continuing on in my personal life as well as continuing on with the Web 2.0 projects I’ve started on at work as well.

What were your favorite Learning 2.0 discoveries or exercises?
There were a lot of really fun discoveries in Learning 2.0. I’m a big fan of YouTube but I already knew about that before this project. The most useful thing I found was bloglines. That has been extremely handy to help me keep up with all of the blogs I follow.

Did anything surprise you?
I was surprised at the huge variety of Web 2.0 technologies that are out there. And that they are free. (Of course, sometimes you get what you pay for.) I almost got lost when I was exploring the webbys. That is a site I will have to visit again.

Was there enough help available when you needed it?
I was an advocate, so I think I’ll recuse myself from answering. I hope everyone else says “Yes” though.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
That is a though question. I think that the format was excellent. We took these projects in fairly bite size chunks, which was perfect. I think the only thing I could suggest is that it might be a little longer. Though, here I am coming in right on the wire.

Would you like to see similar training opportunities as new library-relevant technologies emerge?
I think that this is a great idea. It is hard for many of us to keep up with all of the great technologies that become available to the public. Having a program in place that helps us stay on top of all of this stuff would be great. There is always something new and interesting coming out that we might find useful.

And, last one, if you could go back in time and tell yourself to either participate in the program or skip it, what would you do?
I would tell myself to do it twice and encourage others to do it as well.

From part 27: Upon reflection of yesterday's reflection, we do have one more question for you - was there anything else you thought we should have covered?
I’ve been hearing a lot about something called Twitter. The only problem I see with delving into is program is that everyone would need to have their own wireless device. Perhaps in Learning 2.1 that could be the prize. Might I be so bold as to suggest an iPhone?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Video killed the podcast star.

I could get lost on YouTube for days--and that is just talking about all the Star Wars stuff. I find that the quality of the YouTube videos varies widely. Plus, many of these videos seem so self indulgent, they can be painful to watch. Oh well, there is still plenty of material of adequate quality that one can find.

I've embedded a number of videos before. Last month, my post in my Kennewick trip, I linked to some coffee art. And last week, on the STABlog, I embedded a video on the "Library Neeenja!" Good stuff. But, for this post, I thought I should do something more library related. Fortunately, my friend from Allen County Public Library was in a library video. It needs little introduction, and I thought it would be appropriate for this posting. (By the way, my friend is the one gushing blood from her mouth.)

And the winner is . . .

Having the opportunity to explore the Web 2.0 technologies on our own is a bit dangerous. I have to say it was easy to get lost in exploring these various options. I'm happy to say I'm doing this at home so I'm not wasting any work time. ; ]

I took a look at both of the Web 2.0 Awards and the Webware 100 to find a possible topic to explore. I played with both sites and found a number of interesting possibilities.

-Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: What a great way to develop new search terms and exlore the language. All in a familiar word cloud format. Not to mention how versatile it is. And it is just a plain good thesaurus. Too bad you have to login to use it.

Wufoo: We are often looking for ways to survey colleagues at branch level, at the system level and on various committees. Very cool.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Internet mad science.

Google labs is definitely an interesting place to get lost in for a while. The problem is, which has already been discussed a bit, is that so much of these are still in the beta stage that they really aren't very usable. For example, when I first saw Google Ride Finder, I thought it was a great idea. Sadly, it only lists Yellow Cab, which is fine I suppose. If I had a web enabled phone, then we would have something. But is rare when I am sitting at my computer wondering where a cab is.
I did like Google Suggest. It is extremely helpful for people like my self who are poor at spelling.
I found Google Trends to be really confusing and not necessarily helpful. It was interesting to play with and I'm a big fan a graphs. I'm not sure how well the service works, though, since some of the searches I preformed seemed like they would return more hits.
Google Mars will no doubt be useful for my next extra-planetary excursion.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Word-lite (or Diet Word with a touch of lemon).

I really like the idea of having this online software available. Obviously, it will make collaborating with others much more convenient and expeditious. However, if one is without an Internet connection, it makes it a bit difficult to do ones work and/or collaborate. On the other hand, wireless access is become more and more prevalent. My mother was in the hospital last week and I happened to have my laptop with. I turned on the wireless and lo and behold I had a signal! For free! I'm not sure how wireless access can aid in convalescence, but it sure was nice to check my email.

I think that I prefer Google over Zoho. Though Zoho seems to have more little more flexibility and whole lot more options, I already have a Google account. Plus, I think more people have a Google account as well. It may have to do a little more investigating, but I think that Google will suffice since it seems the idea behind these products is not to produce complex or elaborate documents but to get information across in an efficient manner.