Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thing 23 - Reflect

Here are the questions from 23 Things for the final exercise:

-What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?

The photos.

-How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

-Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

-What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?And last but not least…

-If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?

-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?


Thing 21 - Podcasts

Listened to a few. In general I have little interest in digging through the podcasts of the masses. I like the technology, and it is very useful in the right environment. Merlin, for example, uses them well! Maybe this exercise could look to introducing 23thing'ers to the merlin podcasts? This would seem a more focused and useful view of the technology for people who are unfamiliar with podcasts. I can see how learning to subscribe to a podcast and get it into your bloglines account is a good thing, but I really think the better introduction is to lead to a podcast the has valuable info and just get the trainee used to playing them.

Greyhound falls but wins the race

Also known as the "greyhound who cheats."

Thing 20 - The Tube

YouTube is way too addictive for me. I've just spent the past hour looking at greyhound movies! How silly!

Thing 19

Thing 19

Well, I had to do it. I had to look at the 43 Things website for my "Thing 19" discovery exercise. I think the site is fantastic, and I was enjoying tooling around the place. However, I wanted to come up for air before I got stuck. It seems like the site might be a great big time user! Especially for the always-curious information professional set!

How would this be used in a library setting? Good question. Clearly, you could stop by the 43 Things site to see how others do things - find a fellow artist or writer or bicycle enthusiast who can share tips, ideas, and information. So patrons might actually benefit from it. After only a moderate exploration, it seems to be a nice, organic knowledge base that is constantly fluctuating. There may be great things to find and explore in this site. I also like the currency of the site. You know that trends and popular culture will be prevalent in such a space. I may find my way back, both for personal and professional reasons, in the near future.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Addendum to Thing 18

Addendum to Thing 18

Okay - I'm going to try the blog posting thing one more time. Drumroll . . .

The 18th Thing - the Thing that Almost Got Away.

Well, I have tried my very best - including the technique of typing on the keys with a little more force and pressure, but I can't get Google Docs to recognize this blog. It keeps defaulting back to my other blogger blog - and my nice little Thing 18 post is being added / deleted / added / deleted to that blog instead of this one. That's a bit frustrating. But - I'm going to stop tying and just cut and paste the text from my google doc:

And can I get rid of comments? -Bookgal145 8/15/07 8:18 PM This Will Be My Title. Oh Yes It Will.

Here I am experimenting with web apps. I'm wondering if I can format this document like I would non-web-based word processing software. And I'm frightened of what it may be keeping track of up there in that revisions tab. Because, you see, I type speedily and make many embarrassing mistakes. And do I get spell-checking software. Because I'm certain I just misspelled "embarrassed." And you will all know that because:

1. I do not have spell check


2. The revisions tab is playing big-brother on me!

Well, let's check it out, shall we?

Hmm. Wonder what a comment looks like? -Bookgal145 8/15/07 8:18 PM
Good news! There is a spell-check. I see it at the bottom of the screen. Also, I do like that I'm not being auto-formatted.

After having read the zoho document that was posted in our lesson - I have to agree that the portability of web apps is a great feature. I do not have Microsoft Word at home, so I cannot access documents (such as emergency contact lists if we have a building closing) from my home. I have to rely on printed versions - and those become outdated quickly. I may have to make a Google docs version! I could read it from anywhere!

Okay, I'm going to attempt to post this to my blog and see what happens. Right after I run that spell check.