Thursday, September 13, 2007

Forgot Thing #2 - Oops

Okay - I was one of the ones that was so worried about messing something up that I forgot to add comments about thing #2 after I set up my blog.

The easiest of the 7 1/2 habits of a lifelong learner is #1 - Begin with the end in mind. It's one of the easiest things to do. The how of getting there is more difficult.

The hardest is number 7 1/2 - Play. Sometimes I get so obsessed with a project or problem that I forget to have fun or build in time to play and experiment with solutions. I'm working on it though!

Monday, September 10, 2007

One Last "Thing"

Unbelieveable! I actually made it to Thing # 23. Back in July when I was running around like an idiot, I began to believe that I would never finish. But, I did.

I enjoyed the experience. If I hadn't been given time and actually encouraged to particpate, I know I never would have made it through to the end. I did learn about things and terms that I never had a good understanding of. I really enjoyed creating the avatar, though I don't think I'll ever do it again. I never knew online tools for word processing and spreadsheets even existed. That's great.

Here I am blogging. Never thought I'd do that.

I hated Rollyo. The RSS feeds were neat to learn about, but I was unimpressed.

I always thought YouTube was for teens and twenty-somethings. It's cool. I'll be spending more time there...after the bandwidth issues and restrictions are lifted.

I would definitely recommend 23 Things to the folks who did not take up the challenge of particpating.

Thanks to everyone who helped me when I got stuck! (Which was often!!)

Yippeeeee! Done.

Thing 22- Overdrive

I took a look at the Overdrive offerings after linking from the BCPL catalog. I found what I expected to find. Lots of information and materials, but not a lot of what I would like to see or listen to. I still like to hold the books that I read for enjoyment. I guess I am old-fashioned. I was less impressed with this, than several of the other "things".

Thing 21 - Podcasts

I found a library podcast:

It was interesting. Who knew there was a library news podcast? Really, I only looked for it because it was suggested by the 23 Thing directions.

More interesting for me is podcast about Walt Disney World. The podcast I am listening to now is over an hour and a half long. I know I won't finish it today, but maybe I'll go back to it later on.

Thing 20 - You Tube...who knew?

You Tube. I've heard about it for a while, but figured that the quality can't be that good. I explored You Tube today as part of my 23 Things. I was pleasantly surprised.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am an Elvis fan. I searched and found many Elvis videos. (Now, Elvis died - yes, he truly is dead - 30 years ago, long before the invention of the music video.) And there, he is in living color. How cool is that?

Check out the video someone made and posted. Most of it is straight from the movie where the song originally appeared, but still very good. I enjoyed it a lot.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Thing 19 - Web 2.0 awards

As part of this exercise I tried a few sites. Google maps is one that I had heard about, but never really tried before. I like that I can see the location in relation to streets. Map Quest gives you driving directions, but you never know how far you need to go after that last turn to find your spot. With Google maps, it points right to it with a big arrow. Very helpful for me.

Google maps definitely have a library application. How often do we get asked for directions?!?

I was less impressed with the other sites I tried. Care2 and Donor Choose were less intuitive. I had to hunt around to find out what they were about - why were they there. I was also less successful in getting responses for what I was searching for. I don't see an application for either of these sites.

Thing 18 - Online Productivity

This is a test of Google docs as part of my Library 2.0 explorations. This looks a lot like the MS word applications we are all used to using. How cool that this is free!
You can insert a table - just like word.I do that all the time

Printing is just as easy as well.

I like it!