cpd23: Thing 19 – Integrating things

The purpose of Thing 19 is to look back and consider

  • “which elements you have found most useful and
  • how you might integrate them into your working routine.”

So far, we have covered:

  • tools for professional development: social (blogging, RSS feeds, Twitter) and productivity (Evernote, GoogleDocs, Dropxbox, Wikis, GoogleCalendar, Mendeley/Zotero/CiteULike, Prezi, Podcasting, Screencapture software)
  • methods and structures for professional development: personal branding, LinkedIn, reflective practice, advocacy, events, networking, mentoring.

Things that have become a habit

  • Blogging – I am continously adding new posts to the BreBiStat weblog, but neglected my own. I still need to decide on the focus of my blogging.
  • Prezi – I really love the presentation effects of Prezi and will definitely use it in the future.
  • Dropbox – I am using Dropbox for sharing big files, first of all with family members.
  • Reading blogs/RSS feeds – I am checking my RSS feed collection in Netvibes daily.

Things I’m trying to integrate or would like to, but aren’t there yet

  • Blogging – commenting on other people’s blogs.
  • Twitter – not only reading, but also posting things. Finding just the right amount and topic-related feeds to follow on Twitter and get involved in discussions.
  • Evernote – integrating it into my working routine.
  • LinkedIn – spending some time familiarising myself with it’s features.
  • Networking – identifying opportunities of networking and organising my existing network.
  • Reflective practice – reflecting my actions on a more regular basis to identify weaknesses and potentials.

Things I’m not going to use (for now at least as I have no need in practice)
GoogleCalendar, GoogleDocs, Zotero, Mendeley, Pushnote

I completely relate to Emma Davidson‘s statement: “For me the real success of the programme has been learning about a few new things, and earmarking some resources to come back to when the time is right. I’m a firm believer in using the right tool for the right purpose […].”

Further reading
How I learned to stop blogging everyday by Joshua Becker

Photo: Pinantan Lake, Canada, September 2011.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann


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