IL2007, Day 2: Promoting Play Through Online Discovery: Lego Building

Meredith Farkas:

issue – lots of people don’t have access to continuing education programs

hands-on learning is important

online courses can be run cheaply

talked about Five Weeks to a Social Library:

had 40 participants, all kinds of libraries

tools used:

drupal – it allows multiple blogs, all in the same place, and static content, too



playing with technology is essential to learning technology

reflective learning makes ideas stick

learning from peers can be more important than learning from a sage on the stage

online learning can be developed on the cheap

Helene Blowers:

Lego Building: Learning through Play

learning 2.0 has been duplicated over 200 times internationally – coolness.

what can you do to continually keep up with changes?

need to think of ourselves as players

(note to self – still print out presentation… Helene had some tech problems)

becomes a knowledge player

  • take 15 minutes a day to explore something new
  • subscribe to 5 blogs: librarianinblack – sarah does a great job at short informative posts; techcrunch; what i learned today – Nicole does reflective learning stuff; wired; learning 2.0 – 3 new things a month
  • tag “play items” in
  • create a learning blog
  • PLAY!!! give yourself and others permission to play.

become a guide – someone who exhibits and explains points of interest

become a discovery guide:

  • it’s about learning
  • remove the classroom
  • exposure is the 1st step towards learning
  • learners have as much to share as guides
  • focus on FUN