Archive | April, 2013

Calling all volunteers

30 Apr

We love that everyone is enthusiastic about joining us and working through the 23 mobile things with us.  But we need YOUR help, we cannot do it alone.

Each week we will be featuring a blog post about the current week’s ‘thing’, a weekly wrap up post and of course the interactive tweets etc.

Don’t forget, if you already know about all these 23 Mobile Things, why don’t you sign up as a mentor and help out the others doing this course?

We need volunteers (or as I like to think of you) guests to help us create each of these posts.

Here is what is involved:

The feature post:

Will be published on the Monday or Tuesday
Will summarise and link to the 23 Mobile Things ‘thing’ page- but will also include our own variations/perspectives/challenges on the Thing.
Each post is divided into three sections:

  • Discover (what the Thing is all about)
  • Explore (do it for yourself, experiment!)
  • Thinking points (own variations and challenges, how can you use it personally, in your library, etc?)

The wrap-up post:

Will be published on the Saturday or Sunday
Will gather the best bits from people and put them all in one spot.

  • Twitter: We will be using a twitter capture program to capture tweets using the #anz23mthings
  • Blog posts: We ask that people link back to the week’s featured post on our blog so we can track the pingpacks (there will also be a blogroll)
  • Facebook: Hopefully that will be easy
  • Personal reflection: What did you learn this week? Maybe you have a take-home point to share with us!
  • Other: Have a unique way- let us know.

Interested- fantastic, here is the next step.

Allocation will be on a first come, first served.
Have another look at the 23 Mobile Things and see which ones you would like to post for.
Then fill in the small survey below.  Please fill it in for each post you wish to do.  We would be very happy if you wanted to do more than one post.

As they appear in my inbox I will allocate them.  The below table shows which ones are already allocated. I will also send you an e-mail confirmation/reminder.

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Welcome to Week 0!

29 Apr

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Week 0 of the ANZ 23 Mobile Things group! There are over 420 people signed up to do this course so this should be a fantastic learning journey to share together!

We don’t have a huge amount lined up for Week 0 – we are kicking off today with a short introduction survey so we can see where you are all starting out from and use that to compare where you are at the end of the course. So please do fill in this short survey; it’s only got 9 questions and will be fun 😀
So here’s the schedule of blog content to look for this week:

Monday: Welcome post, Introduction survey
Tuesday: Volunteer opportunities blog post
Wednesday: Introducing Kate Freedman (ALIA NGAC)
Thursday: Introducing Abigail Willemse (New Professionals NZ)
Friday: Fun poll/discussion to kick off the weekend

If you have staff or know colleagues who might be interested in joining up to do this course, please check out our FAQ page for some more details and an easy PDF that you can print/e-mail and share with others.

Don’t forget to check us out online!

Have a great week!

Abigail Willemse & Kate Freedman

Please take our quick introduction survey

29 Apr

Hi everyone,

So we are about to embark on a fantastic course of learning all about mobile technologies… But how do we measure how much we have learned over the course? Easy – with some periodic surveys along the way!

This is the first introduction survey which will help us to get to know you a little bit and measure how much you know (or how much you think you know!) about the 23 Mobile Things before we start the course. We will  be using a series of short fun surveys (like this one) to track your progress and engagement throughout the course.  The final survey will be very similar to this one and then we will be able to see how much everyone has learned throughout the course.

So what are you waiting for? Please take our survey 🙂

We look forward to beginning this amazing learning journey with all 400+ of you!!!

Apple versus Android! Vote in our poll

26 Apr

And it’s on – who do you think is going to win?! Just a fun way to kick off the weekend before Week 0 starts on Monday 😀

Welcome aboard to the #ANZ23mthings course!

22 Apr

Welcome to the ANZ 23 Mobile Things course! We are very excited about working with all of you and sharing this learning journey together.

How the course will work

Basically, as you can see from our Timetable, we are exploring 1 Thing a week. At the start of each week, we will look at the blog post from the official 23 Mobile Things blog (you can see Thing 1 here), and also come up with our own post detailing variations/perspectives/challenges on the Thing. Each post is divided into three sections:

  1. Discover (what the Thing is all about)
  2. Explore (do it for yourself, experiment!)
  3. Thinking points (how can you use it personally, in your library, etc? Reflection and implementation)

You can spend up to 1-2 hours (or more if you would like) exploring the Thing on your mobile device. We hope each week to have a social activity or challenge (such as a Twitter chat, Google hangout, Facebook discussion, reflection challenge) that you are welcome to join in. At the end of each week, someone (either one of us or a lovely volunteer) will do a quick Storify round-up of the happenings of the week (for example, top 5-10 tweets, related discussions, blog posts, photos, etc…) as a summary of what we have learned.

How you can join in

The fun part about a group like this is the interaction, so please do share your thoughts and ideas with the group. You can do this in a multitude of ways, for example:

  • leave a comment on the blog
  • tweet about what you are learning
  • join in the Facebook discussions
  • create a short presentation like a Prezi and share the link with us
  • write a blog post and share the link with us
  • take a photo and share with us
  • start a Google hangout
  • share what you are learning with your work colleagues
  • answer our short (and fun!) surveys so we can track how much everyone is learning
  • Anything else you can think of – the sky is the limit!

Any questions?

Leave a comment, or e-mail myself or Kate. I’m also working on a FAQ and will add your questions to that for the benefit of all.

Can’t wait to start with you guys on Thing 1 on May 6th! But don’t wait until then, week 0 is next week. Come and introduce yourself, fill in our short survey, set up a Twitter account if you don’t already have one and get geared up for the start of this fun course!

Abigail Willemse.
New Professionals NZ

Kate Freedman.

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