If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, you will need to complete the prerequisites and then sign up to participate. Prerequisites include setting up the blog that you will use to post responses to the various Things and BookThings, watching a short video tutorial on lifelong learning, and posting your reaction to the video to your blog. You will earn one CE credit for completing the prerequisites.
Step 1: Prerequisites
- Set up a blog
- Watch the video on lifelong learning
- Create an initial blog post on your blog in which you reflect on the lifelong learning video. If you have suggestions for Things you’d like us to cover, please include those as well.
*** Although not a formal prerequisite, we strongly recommend that new participants sign up for a free account with an RSS reader service like Feedly or The Old Reader. If you aren’t familiar with RSS readers, we suggest you review Thing #69: RSS After Google Reader, a lesson that describes why and how to use such a service.
Step 2: Tell us about you and your blog
Just fill in this form and click Submit. Once we receive your information we’ll add you to the participants list.
Step 3: Start Participating
Once you’ve signed up to participate (and completed the prerequisites if you’re new to the program) you’re ready to get started! Here’s how it works:
On or about the first weekday of each month we will post a new Thing and BookThing for you to do to our Nebraska Learns 2.0 blog (http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns).
Remember, a Thing is essentially a lesson or learning activity. You will have the remainder of the month to explore and experiment with the Thing, complete any assigned activities, and then create a post on your own blog reflecting on the Thing. Your blog post must describe which Thing you have completed, what your experience was learning about it–easy, hard, impossible, ideas about how you might use this Thing in your library or media center or in other areas of your life, and other comments on the process. While we don’t expect a dissertation on every Thing, we do expect thoughtful reflection and active participation that is clear in the post. Single line posts or those that show perfunctory participation will not be counted.
A BookThing is a recommended book to read. You will have until the end of the month to read the book and then write a blog post answering some questions (minimum of 300 words) or create a video (YouTube or other video service of your choice) of at least three minutes long answering the questions, which is then posted to your blog. If you’ve previously read the month’s choice, that’s great! You don’t have to re-read the book, unless you really want to. You are still welcome to participate by writing your post or creating your video about the book. You will only earn CE credit if you’ve not previously earned CE credit for that title.
After you have written and published YOUR blog post, return to the Nebraska Learns 2.0 blog and leave a comment on OUR original post on that Thing or BookThing. Your comment should direct readers back to YOUR blog post on the Thing or BookThing. This is how we will know you are done with the Thing/BookThing. The easiest way to do this is to include the permalink of your blog post in the comment.
You must complete your blog post on a Thing or BookThnig before the end of the month in which the Thing/BookThing was introduced in order to earn CE credit. Please include the Thing or BookThing # in the title of your blog post to assist us in identifying and tracking your progress!