SP 23 Things
SPED Outreach – “23-Things”
Technological Literacy for Civic Engagement
Saint Paul E-Democracy Outreach (SPED), a chapter of e-democracy.org, proposes to implement a “23 Things” project for the computer literacy and civic engagement project for library users at the St Paul Rondo Community Outreach Library.
Helene Blowers at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County (PLCMC) originally created “23-Things”. PLCMC's Learning 2.0 Program was designed to encourage library staff to explore new technologies, and to reward them for doing “23 Things.” Since the PLCMC program was launched, it has fostered Learning 2.0 programs directed towards library staff development all over the world.
By creating its own “23 Things” project, SPED hopes to create a process that would increase community members’ their understanding of Web 2.0 tools (list half a dozen of them) and the resources they provides.
Each week, for 23 weeks, a topic will highlights a of Web 2.0 tool along with a component for participants to share their learning in an online format, probably a blog page.
This project lends itself to including community partners with SPED and the library staff at Rondo who might be neighborhood, religious, educational, community organizations, city, county departments, and elected officials. These partners would participate in identifying and presenting the 23 things or consecutive topics for SPED’s fall 2008 and winter 2009 free workshops to be held on Monday evenings at the Rondo Community Outreach Library electronic classroom.
The workshops would include ways to use that resource in building a stronger community as well as for personal enrichment.
For SPED to proceed with this project, the first step will be to identify possible community partners and develop a common goal and objective statement.
If this project were to begin in September 2008, then partners would need to be on-board in before May 2008.
The partners (including SPED as the convener) would meet in June and July to determine goals and objectives create a schedule, and begin promotion for the project.
Promotion for the project would begin in August, and would be ongoing for the duration of the project.
Workshops would begin mid-September 2008. In keeping with the SPED past practices, participants in the workshops could choose one or all of the topic sessions. Recognition would be provided to those who complete, and document completion, in all 23 things.
|#1||Start Your Own Blog||Use this blog to update your progress as you tackle the rest of this list.||Blogger.Com|
|#2||Use an blog reader to subscribe to someone else's blog||Examples of blog readers are: Google Reader or Google Reader||Google Reader * RSS Feeds in Plain English|
|#3||Explore the City of St. Paul web site||Find your city councilors web page and write him/her an email. Write about your email in your blog.||City of St. Paul|
|#4||Explore the "Citizen's Guide to St. Paul"||Add a link to your blog to the 23 Things page.||Citizen's Guide to St. Paul|
|#5||Visit the St. Paul Issues Forum||Find a topic that interests you, spend about 10 minutes reading posts on that topic. Write a summary of what you read in your blog.|
Please review and comment. I have not had my resident editor look at this, it is truly a first draft.
In case you have not seen the article that inspired Helene Blowers to start her project, here is the information/link: 43 Things I might want to do this year Information Outlook, Feb, 2006 by Stephen Abram