The 23 Things Project

The 23 things project was started in 2006 by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) as an initiative to promote learning of web 2.0 tools and technologies.  As part of one of my classes this semester, we are being encouraged to complete 6 of the 23 things and report on our findings.  I will document my findings here.

On the outset, I am concerned that this will not be helpful at all.  Many of the tasks listed seem like things most internet users have been doing for several years.  Also, some of the tasks seem too easy to even post on.  Finally some of the terminology is questionable: Web 2.0?  However, some of the tasks are more complex (or at least I am not immediately familiar with them).  This is my first blog, I have never used Technorati, and I am unfamiliar with RSS.  I will first focus on the things that seem most challenging and see where this process takes me.  I am excited to see how this will turn out.

Below is the original list of 23 things from PLCMC:

23 Learning 2.0 Things*

  1. Read this blog & find out about the program.
  2. Discover a few pointers from lifelong learners and learn how to nurture your own learning process.
  3. Set up your own blog & add your first post.
  4. Register your blog on PLCMC Central and begin your Learning 2.0 journey.
  5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
  6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.
  7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week.
  8. Learn about RSS feeds and setup your own Bloglines newsreader account.
  9. Locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds.
  10. Play around with an online image generator.
  11. Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your favorite books.
  12. Roll your own search tool with Rollyo.
  13. Learn about tagging and discover a Del.icio.us (a social bookmaking site)
  14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts.
  15. Read a few perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries and blog your thoughts.
  16. Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them.
  17. Add an entry to the Learning 2.0 SandBox wiki.
  18. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.
  19. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.
  20. Discover YouTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos.
  21. Discover some useful search tools for locating podcasts.
  22. Take a look at the titles available on NetLibrary and learn how to download audiobooks.
  23. Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog.

Article posted as part of the Teaching Information Literacy “23 things” assignment “Discovery has never been so much fun”

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