Sunday, November 8, 2009

WEEK 9 - THING #23

I made it to the finish line!!!!! Because we learned about so many new tools, I just took some time to go back through the 23 things. What I enjoyed most (and will continue to enjoy) is my Google Reader account. I didn't think it would be something that I would appreciate so much. It is like my own personalized morning paper. It keeps me up-to-date on world news and specific blogs. I also really like LibraryThing and will continue to use it to build my personal library. These are tools I will use for personal use. Some tools I will use in my profession are wikis and Flickr and mashups. I learned a lot of new uses for Wikis (booktalks and reviews). I will use Flickr to make interesting, eye-catching posters and signs for my library.

This program made educating myself about new technology less daunting. I can do this and have fun doing it at the same time. It is not as insurmountable a task as I once thought. I would love to be a part of other programs such as this. I would definitely recommend these types of online programs to any lifelong learner.

They could improve this program by making sure that their recommended links are current and working.

The one word I would choose to describe this program is INNOVATIVE!!

WEEK 9 - THING # 22

I am not a big ebook fan. I don't really like reading a lot off of a screen. I usually end up getting a headache. I did check out I browsed through Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts collection and saw one of my favorite Twain tales, Huckleberry Finn and a favorite Poe tale, The Cask of Amontillad. I also saw Dracula, which I have never read before. I browsed through the Classic Literature Collection and recognized many children's books such as Journey to the Center of the Earth.

If someone bought me a Kindle, I would probably use it every once in a while but I really like the feel of paper books. Plus, I like to read in the tub and I don't think electronics and water go together very well. I am sure electronic readers will be more popular when their prices decrease.