Thing 01 – Read About the Program

Welcome to Chisholm’s 23 Things program!

23 Things is online learning program that encourages staff to learn more about emerging technologies on the web, technologies that are changing the way people, society, teachers, and students access information and communicate with each other.

Over the course of the next ten weeks, this website will highlight “23 Things” to help staff become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, podcasting, online applications, video and image hosting sites, and more.

How the program works

Each week we’ll spend about an hour covering two or three Things (so twenty or thirty minutes per Thing), and you’ll be required to write one or two paragraphs on your experience of the week’s online activities. You can write about how you completed the tasks, how the Thing could relate to your work at Chisholm, or about anything else that’s relevant to the program that week. There’s no word limit, but as a guide you should probably write at least 25 – 50 words each week.

Each Thing will usually consist of a practical discovery exercise – the idea being that you’ll learn by doing. Be prepared to experiment! This program is all about experiencing the new technologies by playing with them.

So fasten your seat belts, grab your mouse and get ready for a discovery adventure… and remember, it’s OK to play and have fun!

Your task

For this first Thing, all you need to do is take a look at the program summary, and get a feel for how the program is scheduled (eg that you need to do three Things a week for the first few weeks, and then only two Things a week for the rest of the program). When you’ve done that, read through the additional resources listed below, before moving on to Thing 2.



Next up is the second of Week 1’s Things: Extend Your Browser.

Credits: Adapted from the PLCMC Thing posted by HeleneB, under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, and from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Original content by Jason Peart for Chisholm Institute.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.


2 Responses to “Thing 01 – Read About the Program”

  1. Wendy Pedersen Says:

    I’m really looking forward to working my way through 23 things. Learning about Blogs, You tube and wiki’s. Can’t wait to create my own Blog should be interesting – not sure what I will put in it though.

  2. jodie08 Says:

    I have enjoyed reading other Blogs out there on 23 Things and how people have made the time and effort to complete the program.

    The Blog on Self Reliance was interesting particularly this comment:

    “In my view, most of learning is a matter of attitude. The biggest problem that I see with my colleagues is their expectation that they be taught a new skill by someone else. They want a class, they want a presentation, they want a curriculum, they want a conference. Sometimes they’re not even sure what they need to learn. They’re waiting for someone else to tell them, or to confirm to them what they suspect they need to know. They need that final, formal push.

    Of course, there’s nothing wrong with learning from external sources. In fact, this is a positive good. There are all kinds of scenarios that enhance learning.”

    OK time to move on only 700 more things to do today…

    Thanks Jason

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