Life has been mad for the last ten days or so, but I am starting to feel settled into my new temporary life in Brisbane.
Finding my feet
The weather is much hotter than I am used to, so now I can understand people's attachment to their air conditioning units. I am hoping that all my excess fat will melt away.
I am living in one of Brisbane's suburbs and enjoying having access to big city facilities. I thought I had died and gone to heaven yesterday when I found a bookshop that specialises in historical romances, which I admit I read, much to my family's disgust. It has taken me a while to get the hang of the bus system, and have ended up in a number of places that were in the opposite direction to where I wanted to go. But now I zipping around like a long term Brisbane resident.
I am still in the throes of organising permanent access to the Internet, and I have felt very isolated because I have not been able to fully interact with communication tools such as Twitter. But in the meantime, I have managed a few Skype and MSN calls back to my family in New Zealand. This has been a useful reminder of the problems and challenges that face people who do not have Internet access.
Internet at work
My access to the Internet at work is restricted ie staff are not given full and free access to all web sites. This begs the question why an organisation would wish to do this; is it a genuine concern about security or a desire to control how staff interact with the Internet? Whatever the motivation, it seriously restricts use of tools that otherwise I would use on a daily basis, such as YouTube, Slideshare etc. And is a barrier to showing people how they can utilise social networking sites for professional development, communication, learning and so on.
The project I have been employed to manage is an exciting one. I have to develop an eMentoring program that matches mentees and mentors in the aged care and community care sectors in Queensland, and support them as they enter mentoring relationships. This project includes developing an eMentoring handbook and CDROM, delivering education workshops and supporting people as they learn about Internet technology to communicate with each other. I'll blog about this as I go along, and will be very interested in hearing feedback.
Sharing the love
The staff in the community care section of Aged Care Queensland are very keen to learn about social networking, and very enthausiasic to explore and integrate tools into their every day working lives. They are also very supportive of the philosophy of sharing, networking and collaborating, so I am going to have great fun introducing them to tools such as Google Documents, wikis and Skype, as well as concepts such as Creative Commons license.
How are things going with you? How is your new year shaping up?