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

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!!!

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