How have Web 2.0 tools changed my professional practice???
I just don't remember how I got along before some of my favorite Web 2.0 tools! Some I use with regularity are Diigo (for social and web-based bookmarking), Doodle (for scheduling meetings with a group) and Wikispaces (for collaborating on and storing projects). These tools and others like them have definitely changed my professional practice by streamlining my work and keeping me much more organized and efficient! That is why I'm taking this course called 23 Things (or 230 Things as I've been told by some who've taken it previously). My goal is to learn about MORE tools that will help me in my job and in my life.
How do I utilize these tools to engage stakeholders???
Web 2.0 tools allow you to "engage" and "collaborate" without actually having to meet face to face all the time. In my job, I work with numerous administrators and teachers in many different school and office locations on a multitude of different projects. While nothing can replace face to face collaboration, often times some of the follow-up work is done through the use of some of these tools rather than scheduling follow-up meetings. People can work on the project on their own time instead of having to be in attendance at a set time. Also, in these tight economic times, the gas savings of not having to travel to and from meetings is a real blessing!