Welcome to The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Beyond Two-Steppin’ program & blog.
We’re happy you’re here!!
Beyond Two-Steppin’ is the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s sequel program to A Dozen Ways to Two Step, our shorter version of the popular 23 Things Program – a program that is based on the work of Helene Blowers, currently the director of digital strategy at Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library. We are allowed to use and modify it for our purposes under this Creative Commons license.
Like its Dozen Ways to Two-Step predecessor, Beyond Two-Steppin’ encourages Texas library staff to learn more about emerging technologies on the web that are changing the way people, society, and libraries access information and communicate with each other. It offers even more chances to Explore…Play!…and Learn about web technologies and tools and how they can be useful to you both personally and in your library. Learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, and share your learning experiences with your colleagues in the Texas library community. This program again only focuses on twelve ”things”, or topics, so we hope that you will look forward to offerings of more advanced Web technology topics in the future.
To familiarize yourself with this project, be sure to read the About page. The FAQs should answer most of your questions about this program. If not, then please add your question to the FAQ page as a comment.
The program will run from November 28, 2011 through August 31, 2012 — complete the program at your own pace anytime within this period. Participants who complete the program are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from the Texas State Library worth 12 CE contact hours. See below for the curriculum and more information about the program.
Contact Naomi DiTullio if you have any questions. Thanks!
Beyond Two-Steppin’ – Advanced Dance Moves
Listed below are 12 advanced dance moves, or methods, that will get you beyond the basic Two-Step taught in our earlier program — 12 methods that continue to explore and expand your knowledge of the Internet and Web tools and technologies. Complete all twelve methods in numeric order and become an advanced dancer!
Method 1: Dust Off that Blog
Refresh your old blog (or, if new to the program, create a new one). Don’t forget to complete the online registration form!
Method 2: Customize Your Window to the Internet
Learn about customizable internet portal pages such as iGoogle and Netvibes and then customize away!
Method 3: Where in the World? Geography and Travel 2.0
Explore essential online geography and travel tools such as Google Maps, Google Places, and more.
Method 4: Employment 2.0
Keep current on the latest employment tools/sites — crucial information in light of today’s economy.
Method 5: Tag, you’re it! Social Cataloging and Libraries
Check out social cataloging giants Goodreads and LibraryThing, and find out more about online reference and readers advisory services.
Method 6 :eBooks and eReaders and libraries, oh my!
Learn about various eBooks, eReaders, and eReading formats, and what libraries can do to stay in the eBook game!
Method 7: Next Gen Presentation Tools
Move over Powerpoint. Meet the next generation of presentation tools like PREZI, Sliderocket and Slideshare.
Method 8: Capture Your Computer Screen
Learn how to record your computer screen with the use of popular screencasting tools like Jing (free), Camtasia and Screenr.
Method 9: Tell a (Digital) Story
Discover digital storytelling and see how libraries are harnessing the power of the digital tale.
Method 10: Meet You Online
Meet some of the most popular online meeting tools like Skype, JoinMe, Adobe Connect, and more!
Method 11: Survey Says!
Harness the next generation of online survey tools such as Surveygizmo, Surveymonkey, and PollEverywhere.
Method 12: Reflection and Evaluation
Reflect on the things you have learned and complete the course evaluation.