Monday, November 03, 2008


Recently, I came across an old (last year) class done in a blog about using 'Web 2.0' tools. It was set-up as part of the UMD Library Learning 2.0 program to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today. The objectives of this program are to encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies by UMD Library staff and to provide the staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support UMD Library’s mission of promoting learning and research.

I believe all of the content is still very applicable. When I talk about computing in today's environment, these are the key points I try to hit. I use almost all of the tools mentioned in this class almost on a daily basis - they are that useful. If you haven't adopted or at least explored these tools, you owe it to yourself to do so. They can make you more productive, and efficient.

Below are the topics (with links to each page) each 'lesson' is very short, but be warned - once you get started, you might not be able to stop :)

Introduction to Learning 2.0
Safe computing
Grab yourself a blog in 3 steps
Explore Facebook and MySpace
Learn about instant messaging
Make life "really simple" with RSS & a news reader
Finding Feeds
Podcasts, Smodcasts
You too can YouTube
Discover Flickr

More Flickr fun
Google Picasa Web Albums

Play around with image generators
A thing about LibraryThing
Roll your own search engine
Tagging, folksomonies & social bookmarking in
Getting not-so-technical with Technorati
On Library 2.0 & Web 2.0 ...
So what’s in a wiki?
Playing around with PBWiki
Web-based Apps: They're not just for desktops
Discovering Web 2.0 tools

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