Wrapping up-final words
I'm a firm believer in exploring new web stuff, but only retaining those things which really work for me. I'm always amazed at all the neat free tools that are available right now and I keep finding new ones, but I find it necessary to really winnow through things.
In many ways this course has followed my approach...explore all this stuff and reflect on whether it has a place in your work/life. I was forced to explore some things I was reluctant to check out like Twitter, and, although I decided it wasn't for me, I'm happy I dug into it. There are certainly other tools I explored which I will put to use, including slide show.
Right now my tact is to incorporate other tools into the online stuff I already know. For example, I'm a big fan of Google products and before I take on something completely new, I'm going to make sure I'm integrating all the tools already available to me that I already use. For example, putting together a Google Site, I have the opportunity to bring in things like Google Maps, Docs, Analytics, Slideshow, and Video. It's amazing the free space a person can get and all the software available for free. If we can do this well, I can think of many applications in community work all across my region, but I don't want to go there until I get better myself.