Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Summarizing our journey

Here I am at the end...What was my favorite discovery? How different everyone's approach was to this course. And how lightly I began to approach the fun elements of exploration.

How has this affected my lifetime learning goals? I want more monitored courses and less participatory like myself---so I learn from someone who knows more than me! I'd love to have been mentored with this.

What surprised me? How easy it was to make an avatar and how "uncreative" I felt doing it. I guess role playing is just not that interesting to me. I like myself in the here and now.

What could be done differently? Make it easier to keep track of all the accounts and passwords somehow...I realize that would be a challenge. Maybe introduce Google docs earlier to get participants to learn and keep track of all these accounts and passwords at the same time.

Would I participate again? Probably. It seems social networking is here to stay and some of it is clearly fun and useful.

How do I describe this? Like anything you first try, the immediate outcomes may not be what you are expecting, but looking back you will realize how much you learned. It changes your approach to your own work and to helping others with their's.

Your just dessert for following along to week #20

Change, change, change

Week #19's assignment is to explore award winning social sites and blog the experience. Because I went to a Bethesda restaurant last night and have an upcoming event in Chicago, I decided to explore the Citysearch tool and compare the web results for the suburban area of Bethesda on the east coast and the urban area of Chicago in the midwest.

I found the site fairly intuitive and easy to use with lots of short reviews and well displayed essential information on a wide variety of restaurants and hotels in both places, although the suburban area seemed to have more chain establishments listed than the city did. I liked the sort by menu's options and useful arrangments as a result, especially for the city because of the large number of establishments involved. I thought the information was good on detail, including such facts as: at the Belden-Stratford Hotel in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, they welcome your cat (just bring a $500 refundable deposit, too).

I'll explore more of these sites as there are sure to be others I could use as well.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A world of wikis--on beyond Wikipedia!

Posting for the week #16 assignment turned out to be more fun than I thought it might be. I'm using the gadget line below for links-check it out!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tagging, A Game on the Blogs

Knowing what exactly to tag a post can be fun to figure out. Who knew "NBA" would be so popular? Welcome to the Most Popular Name game 2010.