The Bot 2.0 project is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, that aims to retain students interested in botany, and in particular, underrepresented student populations in botany sciences. Their method is a unique interplay between inquiry-based learning, communal learning and reflection. They utilize a variety of technologies and online social utilities to engage students. For example, the students use camera phones and Flickr to create a portfolio of plants that they can later classify. One of the learning outcomes from the implementation of the project was that there needs to be an established baseline of knowledge, in terms of how to use the selected technologies and utilities, before beginning. Assuming that everyone knew how to use everything because they were digital natives created lower learning outcomes than expected because of a slight technological learning curve. By hosting an in-person orientation, where all the technologies and utilities were introduced and demonstrated, the students were able to better engage the content, and work with each other. The in-person training/orientation session is a crucial element because it sets up the group for a successful engagement by establishing connections and a comfort with the technologies and utilities.