This round of 23 Mobile Things has ended. Watch for a new round in Fall 2014.
WELCOME TO 23 MOBILE THINGS!
Over five years ago, the Minnesota multitype library systems brought you 23 Things on a Stick, a self-paced learning program about Web 2.0 tools.
When it comes to technology, five years is a long time and there have been a lot of changes. A big change is the shift to mobile devices. We know that PCs are on the decline and mobile devices are skyrocketing. It only makes sense to continue the 23 Things program with 23 Mobile Things.
23 Mobile Things is a self-paced learning program that will identify 23 types of apps for you to discover.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
This program is open to all staff in any Minnesota library – public, academic, school, or special – as well as members of their Governing Boards, their Friends groups, or Advisory Groups. College students in Minnesota library science programs, like those at St. Kate’s, St Cloud State, and MCTC, are also encouraged to participate. Experienced users as well as novices and everyone in between are invited to join. This is self-paced and self-directed.
WHAT DO I NEED?
23 Mobile Things is BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. All you need is an Apple-based (iPhone, iPad) or an Android-based (i.e. Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy) device. You also need to know how to find, download, and install an app on your device from whatever source you use.
Disclaimer: We made the decision to focus on iOS7 and Android for this program. We used a variety of Apple and Android devices to write up all the Things, but we know our screenshots and videos may not look exactly like your device. The functionality should be the same on your device, but the icons or buttons may just be in different spots than what you see in our screenshots or videos. Try your best with our information or find apps that work on your device and blog about those.
HOW IT WORKS
We have identified the 23 Things for you to do over the course of the program, but you decide when you do them, the amount of time you spend, and the depth of your exploration. Each of the 23 Things may take an hour to explore or longer depending upon your interest and the time you want to put into it. You document your participation by setting up and maintaining a blog, which is Thing 1.
Each Thing will show you many different apps. These apps will cover a variety of topics: social media, presentations, photography, reference, news, notes, games, and so much more. We have a lot for you to explore and experiment with to determine how you may use these in your library, for your professional development, or personally.
Disclaimer: All the information about the apps and how to use them was up-to-date and accurate as of December 2013. Things may have changed since then. Read an extended disclaimer in the FAQs.
Even if you think you know about the apps in 23 Mobile Things, we encourage you to join the program. And we will learn from you because you will blog about your discoveries.
Everyone who registers by February 15, 2014, completes all 23 items on the list, and blogs about each one by June 15, 2014 will receive a completion prize. Otherwise, there is no deadline and this course will remain online.
Registration occurs as part of Thing 1.
Registration begins January 15, 2014.
- You must register your blog by February 15, 2014 and then complete all 23 Things by June 15, 2014.
- Each person participating must have and register his/her own blog.
- Go to Thing 1 to register.
Each Thing begins with a brief explanation of the app category, followed by many suggested apps and some tips on how to use them. The tips give you the background needed to understand the apps. Don’t skip them!
When you have read and done the tips for each Thing, write a blog post about your experience. (You will learn how to set up a blog in Thing 1.) Your blog is the tool to communicate your reactions, new-found skills, ideas, questions, and favorite apps to the other 23 Mobile Things participants and is how your completion of all 23 Things is documented.
There may be some workshops offered in different multitype regions to support this program, but not for every Thing. This is a self-paced program, but staff are encouraged to work together in their libraries or regions and share with each other their discoveries and techniques in person and through their blogs.