Lesson 9 – Wikis

Welcome to the wonderful world of wikis! This week we’ll be turning our attention to a great web-based tool for multiple-participant projects. Plus we get to see another Common Craft video!

For this week:

17. Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them.
18. Create a wiki or add an entry to a Vermont’s 23 Things sandbox wiki.

Week 8 – Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

This week we’ll be looking more closely at del.icio.us and Technorati, two Web 2.0 applications that take serious advantage of tagging (we’ve already looked at a few –Flickr, LibraryThing, and blogs all use tags). Tagging allows you to associate keywords with online content – webpages, pictures, posts, etc. It is considered a folksonomy – an unstructured categorization scheme. We’ll also be reading and blogging about a few perspectives on Library 2.0.

Week 7 – Play Week

Hello all you followers of Vermont’s 23 Things!

I hope you are feeling refreshed after the Catch-up Week.

Did you enjoy playing with photos and images in Week 3? Then you’ll enjoy this week’s exploration of more image-related tools with Thing 12: Play around with an online image generator.

Do you love books? Thing 13: Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your books. Don’t forget to take a look at http://www.librarything.com/wiki.index.php/Help_in_Haiku

For those of you who have just stumbled on this program: it’s still not too late to participate. Spend some time with the first few things, create a blog to record your Vermont’s 23 Things thoughts and adventures, and send me (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) the link to have it added to the still growing list on the Participant Blogs page.

Week 6 – Catch up week

As you might have noticed, Week 6 has no Things (though it does have a Common Craft video! See below). It’s Catch-up Time! Take some time and breathe a little. Catch-up, revisit an old 2.0 friend you didn’t have enough time with, discover a new one.

Come back ready for Play Week!

By now you’ve probably figured out all how much I love the Common Craft videos. What you might not know is that I love ice cream even more. Here’s a video that combines both!


Strip published Monday, October 20, 2008

Unshelved comic strip for Monday, October 20, 2008

(c) Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum unshelved.com Used with permission.

Week 5 – Social Networks

Week 5 of Vermont’s 23 Things is all about exploring social networks, including Facebook and MySpace. Thing 11 has you setting up a Facebook or MySpace account. For those of you who would prefer not to, there is an alternate exercise. There have also been several questions about creating pseudonymous identities. If that makes you more comfortable, who are we to stand in your way? Enjoy the week!

Week 5: Social Networks
10. Explore Social Networks
11. Set up a Facebook or MySpace page

School Library Journal 23 Things

The October issue of School Library Journal has an article by the fabulous Helen Blowers, creator of the original 23 Things. Ten Tips About 23 Things: How to make the most of the famed online 2.0 tutorial from the program’s creator

While the tips are helpful for people organizing a 23 Things program, they are also insights into the philosophy of the project.

There’s also a Google map of many of the 23 Things programs worldwide.

My thanks to the participant who let me know about the article.

Week 4- RSS

This week Vermont’s 23 Things is all about RSS . The lesson is filled with jargon and tech talk and depending on your preferred learning style, you might like watch the videos, jump in and try out an RSS reader (or two), and read about it afterwards. Looking over other 23 Things programs, this seems to be one of the harder ‘things’ to conquer. Some have also said it’s the biggest thrill. Judging from your blogs, you will take on Week 4 with curiosity and perseverance!