1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
Blogging, Flickr, Zoho, the prizewinning products. I particularly enjoyed creating and maintaining my blog. I think this is because I like to talk and expound and blogging is the perfect opportunity to do this!
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I will continue to learn about web-based products and tools. I also found that I have a tendency to just ram my way through even if I'm not understanding what I am doing. For example, I plan on going back and redoing some of the 23 Things so I'll understand them better because I sped through the first time.
3. Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I truly enjoyed the collaborative aspect of this learning, that is, the fact that most staff members in Southern Maryland were working on this project and we were able to talk about the project with each other.
I am disappointed that of the 100 or so blogs from Southern Maryland, most are not very good and do not reflect any true effort being put into the project or into learning. Very few blogs address one of the key points of the project--How does Web 2.0 affect libraries? Very few blogs even answer the question--How can the tool or "thing" be used in a library or by librarians?
I found this very disappointing.
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program'ss format or concept?
Make the library and program connection more obvious--perhaps chose examples or tools that are being used more prominantly by libraries.
I know from watching five people struggle while doing some of the "things" that there is a wide range of skill level of people doing the program. Be aware that there will be some people doing it who are not very computer literate.
5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?
6. How would you describe your learning experience in a few words or a few sentences, so we can share our successes and promote this program?
And I would try Flickr in a boat.
And I would try tagging with a goat.
And I will write my blog in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
It is so good, so good, you see!
So I will try RSS in a box.
And I will try Rollyo with a fox.
And I will try feeds in a house.
And I will try Meez with a mouse.
And I will try wikis here and there.
Say! I will try YouTube ANYWHERE!
I do so like
23 Things and Web 2.0!