Friday, 27 May 2011

The 23 Things (and a few extra...)

Here's an idea of what's coming up! As you can see there are the 23 Things and then there is an Extra Thing each week. The idea is that you can choose to do the 23 Things, or just the Extra Things, or you can do the whole lot if you're feeling brave!

Week 1 (20th June)
Getting started
Thing 1 - Create Google account, iGoogle start page
Thing 2 - Create blog (we register them all and add them to the blogroll)
Extra Thing - Ways to make blog look awesome - templates, widgets etc.

 Week 2 (27th June)
Keeping up to date/information cultivation
Thing 3 - RSS feeds
Thing 4 - Twitter
Extra Thing - Twitter apps e.g. TwitPic, Twapperkeeper, Twuffer, and platforms such as Seesmic, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite

Week 3 (4th July)
Sharing your work
Thing 5 - Screenshots including Lightshot browser add-on
Thing 6 - Screencasts

Week 4 (11th July)
Organising yourself
Thing 7 - Doodle
Thing 8 - Google Calendar
Extra Thing - add library books feed to Google Reader and Google Calendar

Week 5 (18th July)
Organising yourself cont.
Thing 9 - Google Docs
Thing 10 - Pushnote/Evernote
Extra Thing - Dropbox

Week 6 (25th July)
Thing 11 - Reflection week

Week 7 (1st August)
Thing 12 - Social bookmarking tools
Thing 13 - LibraryThing
Extra Thing - Tags in blog 

Week 8 (8th August)
Social media
Thing 14 - Facebook
Thing 15 - LinkedIn
Extra Thing - Short blogging/media sharing sites e.g. Tumblr & Posterous 

Week 9 (15th August) 
Photos, Video and Audio
Thing 16 - Flickr
Thing 17 - Podcasts
Extra Thing - Creative Commons Licensing

Week 10 (22nd August)
Thing 18 - Reflection week 

Week 11 (29th August)
Presentation tools
Thing 19 - Slideshare
Thing 20 - Prezi
Extra Thing - Data Visualisation e.g. Gliffy and Wordle 

Week 12 (5th September)
Organising yourself even more!
Thing 21 -  Reference management including Zotero and Endnote
Extra Thing - TeuxDeux and other lists 

Week 13 (12th September)
Thing 22 - Wikis
Extra Thing - QR codes 

Week 14 (19th September)
Thing 23 - Reflection week

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Cam23 2.0

Welcome to the Cam23 2.0 blog! Due to the massive success of last year's programme, we will be running a 23 Things programme again in Cambridge this summer. We will begin with the first Thing on 20th June and run through until 19th September.

I didn't take part last year, what's this 23 Things stuff all about?
23 Things is a self-directed course designed to introduce University of Cambridge UL, faculty and college library staff to Web 2.0 technologies. The aim is for staff to spend a little time each week over 14 weeks exploring online tools for communication, promotion, and new ways of working. Throughout the course the practical application and relevance of the tools to the library setting will be explored. Each week we will introduce you to one or two Things. To take part in the programme all you need to do is to explore the Things with our guidance, and then blog about them as a way of reflecting on and sharing what you've learnt. Don't worry if you've never blogged before, that will be one of the very first Things!

But I already did all of this last year!
With you in mind, we have added one "Extra Thing" each week. If you feel confident with everything you learnt last year, you can just do the extras. If you feel you need to brush up on some or all of the things, you are most welcome to do it all over again - and since social media changes so quickly, you may find some things are different from last year!

At the end of the programme, everyone who has completed it will get a certificate and be entered into a prize draw. (If you're not a member of the University's library staff you can still take part, but won't be eligible for the prize draw unfortunately!) To kick off the programme we will be having a launch party, check back soon as more information on that will be coming up...