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?