Ok, I’m caught up (ish)! I shall hold back on the firing of glitter guns, and the triumphal music, while I sit quietly, and Think About What I’ve Done for Thing 19. This is the type of Thinking About What I’ve Done that’s good, unlike when as a child I would be sent up to my room, to Think About What I’ve Done. That was bad. And usually involved climbing a wall/tree/building I wasn’t supposed to.
Anyway, what have I done with the Things I’ve looked at? And what have I used that’s new? Well, to be totally honest…I’ve done everything, and use nothing new, mainly becuase I’m either already using the tools anyway, or they’re not relevant to my current role.
I blog, and have done for years; I subscribe to the RSS feeds of blog that interest me; I manage my online presence reasonably actively; I use RSS for current awareness daily; I’m active in my professional groups; I organise myself the way that works best for me; I’m qualified, Chartered, and preparing for Revalidation; I’m informally mentoring and soon to be trained to formally mentor others, I use social media daily; I use the filesharing and collaboration tools that are appropriate for the situation I want to use them for; I don’t need a citation organiser tool; I attend, present at (if forced!) and organise professional events; my advocacy is focussed on my own service; I don’t need to use presentation software, and the screencast software I’d like to use isn’t accessible in work.
So, what’s happened so far is that I’ve confirmed that I’m happy with the tools I’m using, and that they fit the jobs I need them to do best. I’ve had a look at other tools as we went along, but decided that they are either answering a need I don’t have, or that they are unavailable in my workplace, and so not currently useful to me.