Wiki Who: What Web 2.0 Can Do For You (and Your Learners)

Here is a copy of the slides I used for tonight’s ASTD Charlotte presentation on libraries, Learning 2.0, and Web 2.0. I spent hours and hours searching for just the right images to get the message across with out limited bullet points.

Here’s a tip. Everytime you come across an image that you think you might be able to use one day for a presentation–tag it, bookmark it, or mark it as a Favorite. It’s nice to have a selection ready to choose from. The quality and range of photos on Flickr with a creative commons license is astounding.

p.s. Thank you Helene and Kevin for sharing.

San Antonio Public Library — 23 Things

Love this promo for Learning 2.0!


7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners Redux

When Helene Blowers first asked me to put together a tutorial to kick off Learning 2.0, I had no idea that it would be seen by so many people. The feedback I’ve received has been amazing.

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners was actually my first attempt at creating online training. I thought I’d share what I’ve learned as a result.

  1. When you put yourself out there on the Web and ask for feedback, you are going to get feedback! I have received hundreds of emails with comments about the tutorial. 99% of the comments have been positive but I have to admit the negative ones do sting a bit. You have to develop a thick skin because not everyone will offer constructive criticism. Take it with a grain of salt, learn from it, and move on!
  2. Brevity is key! 14-minutes was a little long for this tutorial. 10-minutes is the maximum for any training segment (this goes for face to face training too). If you are going more than 10-minutes you need to break the tutorial up into smaller chunks. In the book The Ten-Minute Trainer Sharon Bowman explains that, “Television has conditioned us to expect fast-paced, attention-getting methods of informational delivery.” Television programs usually have 10-minutes of programming followed by 5-minutes of commercials. We have become conditioned to expect this type of programming. We do more for our learners if we accept and work with this idea rather than try to fight it.
  3. Alternate voices. Ideally alternate between a male and female voice. This keeps the attention of your learners.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so imagine my surprise when I received an email from a teacher who asked if she could recreate the tutorial and gear it towards K-12 educators.Shelley Paul, a teacher from the Atlanta area, has done a marvelous job repurposing this tutorial for her staff’s Learning 2.0 program.

Shelley used a free tool called VoiceThread to create the tutorial. I really like the way VoiceThread lets viewers leave not only written comments but recorded comments as well. I enjoyed listening to all the different voices and reflections that her learners had during the tutorial. I can’t wait to try this tool for my next project! If you have a few minutes check out Shelley’s version below.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Last year I developed a low-tech way to demonstrate commenting and tagging during a follow-up class on Learning 2.0. We found some funny pictures, taped them to a few flip charts, and gave everyone in the class some post it notes to write down their comments and labels for the pictures. On one of the flip charts we left the post it notes up for everyone to see (Web 2.0). On another flip chart we removed the post it notes as soon as they were posted (Web 1.0).It was fun and useful in a few ways. It was an easy way to get the concept across to the learners. It also gave everyone a chance to get up and move around–which is always good in after lunch training session.Today I came across this clip on YouTube that explains tagging. This is so well-done using just some scraps of paper that have been cut out! The first thing I thought was, “Why didn’t I think of that!” They’ve actually done a lot of clips like this, so it is worth checking out and seems like it would be a good way to introduce folks to some of the more intimidating 2.0 stuff.


And the winner is…

Wow it’s been a long journey and after reading over 200 blogs every day for Learning 2.0, I can breathe a sigh of relief and hopefully clear up my Bloglines account!

So at the end of the journey 222 staff completed the 23 things and many more are following along around the world.

Want to see who won the laptop. Watch and see…

Congratulations! I wish I could have been there to see the surprise!