MathAndCoding Turns the Library into a Coding Classroom (Part 2)

Tech Soup Blog

In part 1 of this series, we introduced MathAndCoding , a nonprofit that offers teen-led programming classes for children in public libraries in the Silicon Valley area. In part 2, we offer a librarian's perspective as the host for this program.

6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

AFP Blog

6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education : However, in the three years I’ve been teaching mobile video in a course titled “Information 3.0,” even those students who initially say they are very familiar with video later admit that they learned a lot from repeated practice and application of video production skills.

Teaching with Tech: The Incredible—and Inevitable—Evolution of the Digital Classroom

Byte Technology

Consider some of these facts: • In 1996 only 14 percent of classrooms had Internet access; 13 years later 93 percent were wired into the World Wide Web. Taken in a whole, it’s now possible to earn most any degree without ever having to step into a traditional classroom.

Back to School: New Tech for the Classroom of the Future

Byte Technology

Featuring a wide field of view and highly intuitive head tracking, both connect to their respective devices and operating systems and, because they’re comfortable and light, are perfect in a classroom setting of antsy kids.

Putting XO Laptops Under Christmas Trees—and into Classrooms—via Amazon | Xconomy

AFP Blog

Putting XO Laptops Under Christmas Trees—and into Classrooms—via Amazon | Xconomy: "Under the Give One, Get One (G1G1) program, consumers can buy two laptops for $399. One will be shipped to a school of OLPC’s choice, and the other to any recipient of the buyer’s choice. Part of the purchase price is tax-deductible—though OLPC says buyers should consult their accountants to figure out how much.".

Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

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I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand how the feng shui of a classroom impacts learning. Circles without tables, just chairs helps promote group discussion. That’s why I always enjoy teaching in flexible classroom spaces.

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Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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Graduate Students at MIIS Class Doing Group Exercise in Flexible Classroom Space. I was able to pull this off because my course took place in the Digital Learning Commons “ D-Space ” – a state of the art flexible classroom space.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

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I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand how the feng shui of a classroom impacts learning. Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday by Teaching About Giving

Connection Cafe

The teachers are the real heroes here (as they often are), the inspirational inflection points that take this well-thought-out, well crafted curriculum to the kids who gather in their classrooms. I love #GivingTuesday.

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10 Ways Board Members Can Fundraise WITHOUT Asking for Money

NonProfit Hub

She is Vice President of Training at Pursuant where she transforms individuals into confident, successful fundraisers through classroom, custom and online training. In every webinar, classroom training or custom training I lead, I get an earful about lackluster boards.

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Visually Engage Your Constituents with InFocus

Tech Soup Blog

InFocus innovates collaboration solutions that drive successful, visual teamwork in video walls, control rooms, conference rooms, classrooms, and workstations throughout the world. With the digital displays that InFocus provides through TechSoup, you can communicate and collaborate in meetings, presentations, classrooms, and offices. The InFocus IN112x digital projector is a versatile digital projector for displays from classrooms to conference rooms.

What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

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Before I left for Finland, I read Timothy Walker’s Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. In Finland, classroom time incorporates “brain breaks” after 50 minutes when one’s natural focus and energy begins to wane.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

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Peer Instruction and the flipped classroom is a research-based, interactive teaching method developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University in the 1990s.

Start Blogging Today – An new online classroom for growing nonprofits and small businesses

John Haydon

One of the many projects I’ve been working on for the past few months is an online course called “Start Blogging Today&#. And it launches today.

Hey Nonprofits: Here Comes Gen Z Donors

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While many children are taught about giving to charity at home, we are seeing more and more philanthropy curriculum being integrated into the classroom. Many nonprofit fundraisers know about and have specific strategies to reach, cultivate, and solicit baby boom donors, Gen X donors, and Gen Y donors. But look out, get ready to reach out to Gen Z donors , sometimes called “ PhilanthroTeens ” or “ PhilanthroKids.”.

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Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

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Photo by Aussiegal.

Training on your new database

Robert Weiner

If you're training a lot of people, try to train in a classroom setting so everyone hears the same thing. But recognize that not everyone will be available for classroom trainings, and some people will need 1 on 1 training to understand the concepts. Test the computers and software in the classroom before every training. A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database.

Watch me cut off all my hair for #EpicThanks (video)

John Haydon

The goal this week is to build more classrooms for Shepherd Middle School in Tanzania. This week is EpicThanks where the entire internet will explode with gratitude.

3 Nonprofits Doing Cool Things With Tech


Walden Woods Project uses Skype to reach classrooms. Teachers are connecting speakers from across the globe to their classrooms, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Image courtesy of SustaiNet Software.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing


percent report doing blended learning, an approach that typically combines classroom-based and online learning. I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. Download!


Higher Education and the Mobile Revolution: How Texts Make Better Schools and Students

Mobile Commons

Ten years ago, text messaging’s role in the classroom was a head scratcher. All of these methods have helped keep classrooms full at a time when college admissions have dropped for the first time in 15 years. These days, however, it is a no brainer.

Volunteering 101 for Schools


However, with the help of VolunteerMark these kinds of catastrophes can be avoided and a school-wide event and even a classroom can run smoother It’s a special time at your child’s school. They’re so excited. It’s Field Day.

New on SSIR: A New Tool for Digital Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now posted – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR opinion blog , or in full below. —– I’m really excited by tools that enable digital or transmedia storytelling.

Augmented Reality and Social Good: The Art of Creating Meaningful AR

Connection Cafe

Imagine asking a question and being able to experience the answer in 3D or, using augmented reality to let an archaeology student participate in a dig in the classroom. You hear the buzz all over the place: augmented reality this, augmented reality that.

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10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Gifts range from symbolic adopt-an-acre of a national park gifts to funding a classroom project in a low-income community. As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofit s , below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits.

How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

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While some children are taught about giving to charity at home, we are seeing more and more philanthropy curriculum being integrated into the classroom. I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.

What Does it Take to Go Viral Nowadays?


With the advent of social media networks, content is now shared thousands of times faster than the common cold spreads through our elementary school classrooms. As children, we all learned the concept of sharing in Kindergarten and viral was something nasty we picked up from our classmates.

How to Be a Better Presenter, Even on the Fly

Connection Cafe

You just have to get there, wherever there is: the conference room, convention stage, classroom, etc.

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The Internet, Social Media and the Democratization of Education


The rapid integration of technology in the classroom and growth of online chapters within traditional institutions has made the two educational experiences highly similar.

The Importance of Nonprofit Workplace Culture: How PENCIL Thrives by Writing Their Own Path

NonProfit Hub

There’s probably a specific classroom you remember from those earlier days, and a teacher who left a huge impact on your life. After all, their organization was built to provide programs that help students in the classroom by providing resources and making education interesting.

When Data Gets Personal


At, any public school teacher in America can ask for funding for a particular classroom need and any individual can donate to support that project. The numbers, added to a teacher’s reasoned and heartfelt plea, equal solutions in classrooms.

Mindful News Consumption Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

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The photo was my classroom. This week I was honored to teach a Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workshop at the 1440 Multiversity Nonprofit Service Week.

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The Power of Curation

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Donors Choose ([link] for example, allows people to pool small donations to help enterprising teachers get funding for classroom projects. A specific classroom in rural Ohio that needs $200 for a science project. Flickr by Leo Reynolds. Guest post by Paula Goldman.

Panda Nation is DIY Done Right: An Interview with WWF’s Jonathan Cass

Connection Cafe

Supporters can create their personal fundraising page in one of six categories: Athletic Event, Community Event, Favorite Animal, Honor/Memorial, Special Event and Classroom fundraising. As an industry, we’ve been talking a lot about do-it-yourself fundraising.

Happy Thanksgiving: Check out #Goodspotting and EpicThanks

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In a recent email, she described her newest project: In years past, our gratitude has been invested in changemakers from the US, Tanzania and Nepal to build classrooms, a library, a children’s technology lab, a temporary home for disabled veterans, and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

6 Fundraising Platforms That Have Disrupted Charitable Giving Forever

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” From its humble beginnings, has cumulatively raised $335 million and funded nearly 600,000 classroom projects. Today, is the go-to site for alternative sources of funding for the classroom. Image courtesy Tsahi Levent-Levi via Flickr.

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

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I teach a seminar course on integrated social media strategy for international nonprofits and a session for students to learn how they leverage their professional networks for career and learning in a flexible classroom space.

7 Can’t-Miss Nonprofit Conferences for 2017

NonProfit Hub

Lectures are left for the classroom. In our roll-up-my-sleeves and get-r-done , scrappy nature, we tend to take advantage of any and all resources at our fingertips in the nonprofit sector. We do everything we can to save money, achieve our mission and learn as much as possible at home or from our office. The problem is that we can only get so far by teaching ourselves through YouTube videos and endlessly searching Google.

It’s Time to Know What You Don’t Know

Connection Cafe

And they continue to operate this way because they don’t think they can afford to spend time away from their mission in a training classroom getting the help they need. I had planned to spend last weekend repainting the walls in my home. I had my calendar cleared and paint colors picked out. Saturday morning, bright and early, I ran to the store to get all of my supplies.

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The Triple Bottom Line in India: Software, Quality Education, and Early Learning

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In the green courtyard, there was physical education class where they teaching the kids to do stretches and exercises. Movement is also in the classroom – for example, this hop scotch board to learn spelling. Visiting the Sujaya School with Rufina Fernandez.