Get Started

Week 1 — Getting Started

There are 3 things to do to get started during this first week:

  1. The first thing is to set up a Gmail account and send an email letting us know you want to participate. You can do this by either with an email to, or by submitting your information via the text box on the “Contact Us” page. All we need is the following information:

    • Your name
    • Branch
    • Gmail address

    Once we receive your email, we will send you an invitation to share the Tracking Log. This is a spreadsheet that has been created using Google Docs. It works just like an Excel spreadsheet, but instead of being stored on your computer, it is stored on the web so everyone can access and share the same document. The invitation you receive will have a link to the spreadsheet. All you have to do is click and you’re there.

  2. The second thing is to go to the Tracking Log and enter your name, branch and Gmail address.
  3. Finally, at the bottom of this page there are links to some articles, a video podcast and blogs about web 2.0, library 2.0 and lifelong learning. Pick two of these to read or watch. Enter the titles in the tracking log. Next week you’ll write about them in your blog.

Additional information is provided in the links below on setting up your Gmail account and using Google Docs.

Why do I need a Gmail address instead of just my regular KRL email?

There are 3 reasons:

  1. Everything we will do in krl2pt0 is based on free, web-based tools, such as Gmail. You will be able to access your Gmail account from anywhere you have internet access. We also want to keep krl2pt0 separate from your regular work responsibilities. This way all of the correspondence we send about the program will be stored in its own location and won’t get lost or mixed up with the many emails you get at work each day
  2. Setting up a Gmail account will also give you access to Google Docs. These are web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs that don’t require any software. You can invite others to share and collaborate on Google docs that you create.
  3. You will use a shared spreadsheet that has been created in Google docs to track your progress through the program. As soon as we receive your email about participating, we’ll send you an invitation to “share” the Tracking Log.

Setting up your Gmail account

To set up your Gmail account, follow this link. Google makes setting up an account easy and painless. For more information, check out this post on Gmail.

Using Google Docs and the Tracking Log

Once you have set up your Gmail account and sent us a notice that you will be participating in krl2pt0, we will send you an invitation to share the krl2pt0 Tracking Log. The tracking log is a spreadsheet that works very much like an Excel spreadsheet. Just click in a cell to enter information in it; double-click a cell to edit the information in it.

If you look along the bottom of the spreadsheet you will see three tabs: Getting Started, Blogging, and Tags & Folksonomies. Each tab is an individual worksheet that corresponds with a specific week of the program. Click on any tab to view that worksheet.

Each week you will use the Tracking Log to document your participation in krl2pt0. Next week, you’ll enter your blog name and address (URL) into the tracking log.

Check out this post for more information on using Google Docs.

Tabbed Browsing

Many of us were recently upgraded to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, version 7 (IE7) at work. If you have IE7 at home, or, use Firefox as your personal web browser you’re probably already familiar with tabbed browsing. For those of you who aren’t, this is a feature of both IE7 and Firefox that will make your life on the web much easier. If you’d like to know more, here are some tips on using Tabbed Browsing.

Articles, Podcasts and Videos

Select at least two of these to read/watch — enter the titles in the tracking log — you’ll blog about them next week.

Looking for more reading? Check out Squidoo’s Library 2.0 Reading List (note: each article heading is a link).

Next Up: Week 2–Blogging: SharingYour Story

10 Responses

  1. Since I already have my music blog up and running that I contribute to weekly, do I really need to create another blog.
    I’ll read the articles and watch the podcasts, but I really don’t have time to maintain another blog. FYI: I’m working on a movie website at this time.

  2. Well, John, the music thing leaves me cold, so I’m looking forward to a tug boat blog from you.

  3. krl2pt0 team: fabulous job giving us all this great stuff to read/explore — thank you!

    I really love the way it is totally do-able to spend a very very short time or go back and play longer, whatever suits.

  4. gracias, Peggy!

  5. Wow! Now I know how to do tabbed browsing on purpose!

  6. Cool to be supported in learning new technologies. Some I have already been using for work, but am impressed with the stuff we can learn/use in a variety of needs. Now, to work on that blog. Hmmm….

  7. There is so much supporting “testimony” to the power of these 2.0 tools that it is difficult to ignore. Thanks for the good references!

  8. I just utilized the Tabbing feature in Firefox. Great tip…thanks!

  9. OK, I’m a little late getting started, but I have a good excuse. My daughter just got married!! I do have to admit that learning these 2.0 tools is a very humbling experience, especially for someone that has been in IT for 25 years! I’m glad we are all learning together!

  10. I never knew you could tab down to browse…duh! I’m really hoping 2.0 helps me feel a little less “in the dark” when it comes to techy stuff like blogging.

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