Skip to main content

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!!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Step up..even if you fail

Unfortunately tragedy has befallen many parts of the world. Climate change is causing extensive damage to many parts of the world. Some places in the United States are being pounded by overwhelming hurricanes.  Other areas are experiencing horrific wildfires. Still other parts of the world are facing earthquakes, droughts, famine, and flooding.  People's homes have been destroyed. Many families and individuals have lost everything they own. It seems reasonable that citizens could look to their government for support and encouragement in the midst of these tragedies. Yet, numerous elected officials in the United States are balking at their responsibility to care for the people, all people, in this country.  It seems that providing assistance to those affected by these tragic circumstances isn't worth their while.   

If the weather catastrophes weren't enough, hate, bigotry, and racism are running rampant all across the United States.  Many of us would like to think, "Th…

Terrible Puns & Bad Jokes: What could be better?

I don't know about you, but I personally am a fan of bad jokes and terrible puns. I can't say that I'm the best at remembering them though. My mother and I are notorious for finding amusement in the jokes and puns that without fail receive collective groans from our family. Yet, we still take delight in them and our shared appreciation for them.

There is one particular joke that sticks out to me. I think it's safe to say that it has been my favorite joke since 8th grade. In fact, I still remember where I was when I first heard it. I was sitting in the cafeteria in middle school surrounded by the other GT kids. One of the girls had a book of jokes and this happened to be one of them. This is the joke.
"Where does King Arthur keep his armies?"
"In his sleevies."
I realize that this probably isn't that funny for the general public, but for whatever reason, I love it. Every time I think of it, I can't help but chuckle. It always puts a smile …

God's not going to do it on his/her own

There is a homeless gentleman named Sean who I see quite frequently when I go downtown.  He usually is somewhere on the Magnificent Mile between the Walgreens and Water Tower Place.  I first met Sean with my dear friend, Laura, back in June.  Whenever I see Sean, I try to stop by and say hello.  I don't always have the ability to do more than that.
   A few weeks ago I stopped to say hello to Sean as I do, things were different with him.  He seemed beaten down by his life circumstances. His friendly, jovial disposition was gone. What he said that night has stuck with me and really caused me to think about what we are called to do in this life and who we are to be.
    Sean told me that he was mad at God.  That despite all the prayers he has prayed and all the prayers others have prayed with him and on his behalf, he is still out on the streets.  He went on to say that God is not going to do all the work on his/her own of getting him off the streets.  God calls upon people to ma…