Friday, September 18, 2009

Thing 1B

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!


  1. 230 Things???? Okay, now that's a bit extreme. There are only 229 things. LOL. I can't help but smile when I read about the tools that you've adopted and area already using. And I hope to be adding more to your arsenal very soon!!

  2. I like using Doodle, but can sometimes find it confusion. Have you ever used it to schedule parent conferences? We have so many meetings now, I am having problems scheduling conferences.

  3. Good point about the increasingly useful aspect of 2.0 tools in the current economic situation--saving money (gas, mileage, etc) is a very appealing benefit. You also pointed out that even though these tools are useful, they don't replace the necessity of face-to-face interaction in all cases. I agree and think that's important to remember. You mentioned using 2.o tools for follow-up work. Have you used them to do any "pre" meeting work? Your post made me think about ways this could be done--maybe for gathering input for agenda items, or possibly for brainstorming or "where are we now, and where do we want to go from here" kinds of activities?