I have been using Web 2.0 tools for awhile, but just like anything else, I never really stop learning about how to use them. The biggest change in how I am currently using them and how I had been using them, is that I have been more thoughtful in regard to the participant’s access to the technology. For example, Heather and I included the use of a Google doc to have students access the same document and edit it. When it came to that point in the webinar to utilize the Google doc, a couple of districts had problems access the Google doc. They ran into a script error. I hadn’t seen that before and when I asked the question to the Google Apps Certified Trainers, they all expressed frustration with using Internet Explorer with Google. I know that it is really hard to know every little “bug” that may come up, but I feel as if I should know 99.9% of them.
As a result, I have made a conscious effort to test as many different scenarios as possible. At the same time, I have also been very explicit with participants that because Web 2.0 tools are on the web, from day to day, features and interfaces can change on a daily basis. The expectation that they need to know EVERYTHING about a Web 2.0 tool is unrealistic and can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed.
I also been frustrated with myself lately as I haven’t taken the time to continue to build my own toolbox of Web 2.0 tools. I haven’t taken the time to review my Google Reader on a daily basis or review and act upon those on twitter that I am following.
I would like to set aside some time everyday, either right away in the am, or during a break to access those social tools and build my toolbox, which hasn’t grown much lately.