since beginning the Web 2.0 project I’ve used so many different tools, some of them i wouldn’t want to be without, and some of them have used only once. Here are my recommendations and raves and thoughts and suggestions!
- del.icio.us – could NOT live without this, probably because I’ve found many uses for it as a non-work tool too! Seems to be easiest to use if you download Firefox, and I recommend having a good nosy/browse through other people’s bookmarks – it’s a really great way of coming across like minded people, a bit like having a chat and sharing your favourite books.
- wikis – heaps of potential for making life easier, especially when doing collaborative work with others…even if you all work in the same building or city! It can mean you eliminate the need for that string of emails – you know when you’ve been away from your emails for a day or two, come back and start at the bottom and put in your diary that your next meeting is Tues at 3…then scroll up and learn Fred can’t make it then, so it’s now Tues at 11…but Mary checked and the room’s not free then so it’s now Thurs at 1, but in a different office…blah blah blah meanwhile you’re going slowly mad. Wikis can shortcut all that background stuff just the essential and clear info is left – give it a go! I recommend www.wikispaces.com and check out the definition of occupational therapy on wikipedia
- igoogle – lots of fun and another great way of simplifying life
- www.youtube.com not just somewhere to go to watch dodgy videos! There are loads of great occupational therapy clips – you can watch therapy sessions, learn about therapy roles, and pick up great resources (check out my youtube post)
- blogs – how could i forget???? After making mine for professional development purposes (and it has been really interesting) I’d make my next one a personal one, so i could go ahead and rant about all sorts of stuff that has nothing to do with work, and put pictures of my cat out there legitimately (yes, mine would be one of those crazy-cat-lady ones!)
If i was engaging in some post-grad study, or more active in academic pursuits (ha!) i would have used some of the other tools more, so you might want to look at CiteULike, Google Scholar etc too. But as for SecondLife – it freaks me out – what do you think???!!!
And finally, you don’t need to be any kind of technical whizz or genius – have computer, can do it! It just takes a little practice and application, like most things the more you do it and the more you use these tools the more everyday they’ll seem – remember the first time you used the internet? Did you ever think it would become such an integral part of you professional development?