Monday, September 8, 2008

Thing 23

It took me two rounds but...I finally did it!! I'm proud for learning so much and honestly would suggest to anyone, no matter what your job is, check out 23 Things on a Stick.

23 Things on a Stick was an amazing and eye opening adventure into the vast internet world. The format was informative and easy to follow and being able to work at my own pace was a plus. I like working with Flickr and the online image generators the best. As for the least, I would have to say podcast.

For my learning experience in one word or in one sentence:
10, 023 Things Learned.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thing 22

What I learned with 23 Things is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to internet knowledge. I am amazed and my head is still spinning from the 23 Things On a Stick trip I've been on.

I will try to keep current and use the information learned from 23 Things. Of course, there are the fun Things that I totally enjoyed and will use more often and then there are the other Things that I need to work on to utilize them 100%. An ongoing commitment.

Thing 21

Other social networks...endless. I read the articles and can honestly report there is a social network for anyone and everyone who wants to belong somewhere.

I set up an account in Ning, uploaded my picture, posted my badge and blogged. That was fun!!
I joined another social network called Bake Space that should be an interesting place for recipe discussions and an endless supply of recipes.

View my page on 23 Things on a Stick

Thing 20

I have a page on MySpace and the only reason I do is to keep up with my two grandsons who have pages. I check on them about twice a month, not interested in MySpace otherwise.

Facebook is generally considered the leading social networking site among college students, faculty and staff. Facebook has become a tool in the development of college students. It allows them to express themselves, communicate and view profiles similar to their own talents and experiences. Students build connections that make them feel like they belong and are accepted.

I signed up on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. The groups I joined today are 23 Things on a Stick and Libraries Using Facebook Pages.

Thing 19

Podcast, a non-musical audio or video broadcast distributed over the internet. Using an aggregator or RSS feed a podcast can be syndicated, subscribed to and downloaded automatically when new content is added.

I've spent a lot of time searching for that perfect podcast and just decided to listened to MPR: Electionwise, which is a weekly podcast that presents thoughtful answers to listener questions about democratic processes, elections and voting.
I checked out Podcastalley. On the top ten list for September I wanted to listen to #9, Nobody Likes Onions. It said I had to download a podcast software so I continued and chose Primetime Podcast Receiver and after reading about it running in the background of my computer changed my mind. Already have so much loaded and slowing down my computer.

Podcasting did not interest me, maybe I'm just to excited to move on to Thing 20, 21, 22, and finally 23.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thing 18

I viewed Grand March of the Librarians, (163,740 views), Angry Librarian (414,003 views), Super Librarian (15,618 views) and Librarian Lays Down the Law (16,680 Views) these were all comical and enjoyed the laugh.

Videos posted on a library Web site could show updates on new construction within a library, familiarize a patron with the layout of the library or fun workshops held at the library.

Since today is the first day of school for my grandson, I thought this Sesame Street video was appropriate. Sesame Street News: The First Day of School

The First Day of School

Thing 17

Last year when Linda (my director) showed me how ELM works and what it consisted of, I was amazed at what you could find searching the databases, Proquest, WorldCat and E-books. I think Linda uses it for ILL and I look forward to learning that complete process more in depth. These are creditable sources of information for students and teachers.

Thing 16

University of MN Assignment Calculator, for undergraduate students and Research Project Calculator, for secondary students and teachers (funded jointly by Minitex and MnLink) are valuable tools for research, reports and procrastinators. They offer step by step outlines according to your start and completion dates and even email reminders to keep you on track. Wish I had this when I was in school.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Thing 15

I was looking forward to playing games so I went to directly to Puzzle Pirates and did the bilging, learned to sail and carpentry and left with 241 gold pieces. A fine day's pirating, indeed!
Briefly checked out Info Island and Second Life, like Puzzle Pirates, they take up quit a bit of time and slowed down my computer a lot. They look interesting but I already have a busy and crazy life and do not have time for another. Maybe when I retire I will have more time to play.

Thing 14

Library Thing is a great way to keep track of the books you have read or plan to read. You can also see what others are reading and get their opinion, join a group on specific topics, and add the widget to your blog. This is a great way to promote new and or popular books for a reading program.

Thing 13

I have been using the productivity tools over the last few months and currently use iGoogle. I like it because I can add or delete what works for me. Currently I'm using the To Do list and a count down to Sept. 15, the end of 23 Things, I need to keep on plugging away...10 more things.
Backpack is a very versatile tool and would be great in an office where everyone needs to work together.