What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I really liked, and am using regularly, Del.icio.us. Not only can I find my bookmarks anywhere, but on special topics I can see what others are finding--what a great collaboration tool. I also want to explore blogs and wikis for our library techs and me to use for communication. Our monthly meetings could involve more training if we could communicate the housekeeping chores via a blog or wiki.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I have really balked at learning about Web 2.0 tools. I didn't think I could handle all of this information, but I am so glad this opportunity was offered. It has changed the way I view Web 2.0. I can do this! That's what I find most amazing. I want to share this with our Instructional Technology Trainers (ITTs) because they are the ones willing to explore new products/ideas in technology. I think they would run with some of these ideas. I see myself as the advocate for opening up some of these sites in order for the ITTs to explore Web 2.0 tools with their students.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
That I would turn into an advocate for opening up some of these Web 2.0 sites for instructional use AND encourage my colleagues to participate in this online opportunity (I already e-mailed all of the ITTs about this).
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
At the beginning, some exercises were very time-consuming and it was overwhelming. Left to explore on our own during the latter exercises was very beneficial. I definitely liked the exercises where we had to post to our blog what we did/produced. You have to "do" in order to "learn."
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
A definite YES!!! Summer is the best time; I felt I had the time to devote to this project. I don't think I would have worked as hard as I did if this opportunity had been during the school year.
How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote CSLA learning activities?