"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. "
-Rumi

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Feeling quote-y

It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion -- these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough.

--Captain Scott O'Grady

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's Here

It's hard to believe that it's already time for first year students to move in today. I can't help but reflect on my time in college (which I realize was not that long ago). I remember how nervous I was to start college. It turns out (no matter how cliche it sounds) to be the best years of my life so far. I made awesome friends from all across the country and globe. Many of those friendships will be lifelong relationships. I don't know where I would be today without my Cottey girls and the awesome people working at Cottey. Coe is/was great too. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad and meet my amazing host family. I can only hope that I can help the students I encounter through this position to have an equally great college experience. Here's to a great year!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Summing it up...

I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in 13 Things. I have learned so much about Web 2.0. It's been great. I have suggested some of the things to my dad for him to use in his line of work. I've also found ways to make use of some of them in my office at Coe. This school year the Office of Service-Learning & Campus Engagement (fondly thought of as "OSLiCE") is going to have a blog about all the events put on by our office. I am pretty excited about it as a way to engage with students in a different way and maybe even gain some publicity for our office.

I think my time with the 13 things has been good for me personally as well as professionally. I have learned about all sorts of great web 2.0 features that I had no clue about. I feel more knowledgeable about some of the more recent technological advances. Ask my brother, I tend to be someone clueless about anything other than the basics. I think it's been rather interesting to read other peoples views and insights regarding web 2.0. Some of the things I thought would be really great to use in a classroom setting others saw as not particularly helpful. This experience has opened my eyes to the greater possibilities to connect with students as well as others whether it be in my personal life or with Coe.

I can't really say that I had any expectations going into this. Quite honestly, I didn't know what web 2.0 was or what I was getting myself into. As with many things in my life, I dove in head first and learned a lot. It's been a lot of fun along the way. At times it was pretty time consuming (in part because I am not the most...shall we say...'technologically gifted' individual ever). The time put into this undertaking has definitely been worthwhile. I am glad Mandi encouraged me to pursue this. I much prefer this exercise in "self-discovering" rather than a workshop. This means of exploring web 2.0 let me figure things out for myself which I think makes it easier for me to remember how to use the different "things."

Out of all the things we have looked into, my favorite has definitely been cloud computing. I love Google Docs and the calendar!!! I think my life at work has been simplified with the addition of this to my work life. I am still figuring out some of the details, but so far, it is great! I also really enjoy LibraryThing and flickr.

I think it is only fair to say that my life would be incomplete without words (especially in the form of quotes). If you hadn't already guessed, I absolutely love Wordle. It was interesting to see what all came up on mine. I think it would be fun to make for the office to display. I think it is cool way of communicating. Here's mine. I like the element of randomness that comes into play with it.

Lisa, thanks for introducing me to the world of web 2.0. It's been great!!!

Is it just me or is it gettin' toasty in here?

Screen Toaster seems cool. I just don't think I am tech-savvy enough to make use of it. Unless perhaps, I can use it when I need my brother's help fixing my computer. I think it could be quite helpful in terms of learning how to use various applications and other elements of Web 2.0. I am not entirely certain how I could make use of this in my office just yet, but I don't want to give up hope just yet. I might just need to tinker around with it a bit more and give it a bit more thought. Until then I am left feeling somewhat clueless about the whole thing.
My attempt at "toasting the screen."

Gettin' Creative with Creative Commons

Watching the videos made Creative Commons seem really great. When exploring the website, I came to find that it wasn't quite as easy to navigate as I imagined it would. That being said, I still think it could have some good uses for students in various arenas so long as they take time to verify that the item they have selected actually falls within the realm of "creative commons." I could imagine some students not putting in the effort to verify such sources. I think as with any type of source students use for the academic endeavors, we need to teach students the correct way to make use of external information and media and how to properly site work. Even when students have been taught how to use MLA, APA, or Chicago guidelines for citations, there are still students who will plagiarize someone's work. As it is now, I think most students probably do not fully understand copyright law. As with most things, there seem to be some positives and negatives to Creative Commons. Personally, I love the idea of collaborating on a project with someone across the globe in a common drive for self-expression. Now I just need to figure out how to go about that...

Good Reads...I mean...Google Reader

I can certainly see how having Google Reader set up could be quite useful to some individuals. I just don't think I am one of those people. The main reasons I seem to get online are to check/respond to email, check my facebook, and the occasional research. I get the majority of my news for the day by watching the early morning news and the local news at night before going to bed. I think between my limited interaction with the internet outside of communicating with family, friends, and colleagues, Delicious takes care of all my internet needs (at least for now). I could see how one day that may change, but right now it probably won't become a main part of my online life.