The best way for me to learn about technology is to actually use it in a "play" context. For me "play" implies:
I was reading an interesting article Knowledge in Numbers: Communities of practice enjoy renewed popularity by Jennifer J. Salopek in T+D magazine (July 2008 issue) which highlights the characteristics of a Community of Practice. According to Etienne Wenger, who first used the term in 1988, communities of practice are defined by 3 characteristics:
The Southwest Learning Summit, sponsored by the Dallas ASTD chapter, has finalized the program and you can see full details at http://www.dallasastd.org/. Cost: $55.00 (includes lunch).
Companies across Austin are gearing up for the 11th annual Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) competition. AIR-Austin brings more than 120 Web professionals together to create or improve web sites for Austin-area non-profits that serve health, human services, environmental and arts missions in Central Texas. Since 1998, more than 250 non-profits have received professionally designed websites through their participation in the annual web raising competition.