23 Things for School Librarians (and Teachers?)

Summer is coming and one way to learn more about web 2.0 sites is through the power of play.

Thanks to Sunlink for pointing out the California Library Association’s 23 Things program, which is a step-by-step, self-guided tutorial through many web 2.0 sites.

It is patterned after  a Learning 2.0 training program at the Charlotte Mecklenberg Public Library, where staff was invited to take a self-guided tour of 23 web 2.0 activities over a period of 8-10 weeks. 

In a true web 2.0 spirit, this program can be adapted for any library or school campus, and is spreading across many types of sites, including schools, college libraries, and even nonprofits, as a “self learning” tool.  

If you are interested in learning more about web 2.0 tools, either site above leads you step by step through the experience — perfect for some summer “Life-long” learning.  

One thing I like about this concept is that it involves the element of play, which I wrote about last week.   Most of us who work with technology a lot don’t “know” it all–we see something, get interested, and play with it in order to figure it out. 

Both 23 things programs above provide a nice, conversational scaffold for some “guided” play and provides an excellent introduction to a variety of web 2.0 tools.

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