For my own preference, I tend to like those “old-fashion” tools, like face-to-face meeting, E-mail or discussion boards. I do not prefer synchronous interactions which using videoconference or teleconference. Sometimes, because of the bad connections which always make me cannot focus on the topic anymore. I think some text things are really important, like the meeting note we used in the PC class which is clear and time-saving. Also, as English is my second language, text things can help me work more fluent. Of course, my personal preference is also depend on what project we do and what suit the whole group best.
Normally, there must have different preference about choosing tools between members. I think this problem is easy to cope with. For instance, we can use more than one tool. Still, like the ways we used with Nancy, skype, meeting notes and blog posting etc. So, everyone can use the way they like while experience others’ preferences.
To proceed being a technology steward, first of all is accumulate experience through group working. Learning other members’ preferences and exploring new things. Finally, being aware of the needs and trying to address the needs.
Obviously, there are a wide range tools for people to choose. Everyone has their own preferences and I think others’ preferences definitely have influences on me. Because, I don’t know that much online tools, from others’ choices I can notice more practical tools, then if I find out some tools suit me, I will change my preference.