Saturday, March 27, 2010

Final Reflection: Thing 23

To think that I nearly forgot about this final post! Can you imagine --all that work and forgetting the last post! Seriously, I nearly missed out on the MP3 or 4 or whatever thing that I will get if I finish before March 30. Good thing for Twitter -- being on it today reminded me of 23 Things, which reminded me of the last post! Thank you Cheryl Choinski! If it weren't for her Twitter, I would have forgotten about my last post.

Let's see...where do I start? How about with what worked and what didn't...

What Worked with 23 Things
1. Flexibility! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for providing a flexible way to earn technology hours. I appreciated it immensely, and I can't stress immensely enough. I often find it quite tedious to attend a training session before or after school. I live far away and I have kids with schedules of their own that I have to follow. 23 Things exposed me to so many more things than what I would have been able to attend at school. Also, many tasks took me a long time, longer than what I would spend in an hour session at ASH.

2. Excellent Resources! The information given to explore the different things was awesome. All the links worked, explanations were thorough, the information linked to was also thorough, etc. It made it so easy to do. Thanks for that!

3. Interesting "Things"! For the most part, all of the things were pretty interesting and worth my time to look at. The only one I didn't like a lot was LinkedIn, and that's because I already have an account and it bores me to tears. I found most of the applications interesting and I loved that I had the option of choosing some for myself. Choice is always a good thing.

4. The Timeline! Thank you for the timeline, because without it, I probably would not have finished. Schedules are good :)

What Didn't Work with 23 Things
Well, not a whole lot didn't work. I think the only thing that was difficult was that some things took a LOT of time, more than I thought. Sometimes I would sit down and start a "thing" thinking I could wrap it up in 15-20 minutes, and that wasn't the case at all. I'm not sure what you could do about that, but I thought I'd mention it because that was my biggest obstacle.

Honestly I don't know what else to put here. The blogging was a great idea, reading others was a good idea. I have no other comments on how to improve it.

My Favorite Applications
1. Screencasting: A great application that I'd like to use for essays. It's sort of what I've been looking for...sort of. I would like to try it out to see if I can make it work for me.

2. Slideshare: Probably the most useful tool I found. I hope more people use it and upload presentations. Now that I know I can edit them, there are endless possibilities.

Final Thoughts
I would most definitely do something like this again. Admittedly I was motivated this time to finish my 60 hours, but hopefully I would feel just as challenged to win a small prize next time. I seem to work that way...a little incentive generally works for me. 23 Things was an innovative idea and I hope to see it again.


  1. Twitter is useful!

    Great summary post. Thank you for your detailed post. I found that this project took more time to create than I initially thought. All I had to do is write a single post for each of the 23 Things. I knew what I wanted to do, so how much time could it take? A lot! It's easy to get distracted when writing about Things. It makes me think that we need to help students learn the skills needed to focus on the task at hand when using the Web. It's so easy to get distracted. But then again what wonderful distractions I have found.

  2. I have enjoyed reading your posts - thanks! I too got so much more out of this project than some of the tech sessions I have presented.