No time to read books?

SocialFish

The way it works is that you can watch a 20-minute video (which, of course, is out Think Tank format too so they had me at hello on that one) summarizing the book, and/or download a PDF summary, and also find other learning tools. If you are like me, you likely have a pile of new business books on your desk waiting to be read. Maybe you even received a few more for Christmas. And despite all good intentions, you never have time to read them. ReadItForMe can help.

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36 Useful Apps & Online Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the apps and tools listed below to significantly improve your web, email, social media, and visual content.

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Learning is the Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We used Dave Gray’s “ Board Thing ” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience. If you are not already familiar with their work, you will learn a lot about online collaboration, knowledge management, informal learning, and networks by following them.

From Promoted Pins to Social Profiles on Google: What’s New in Social Media

SocialFish

If it sounds intimidating, Pinterest wants to quell your nerves with Pinstitute, “a new program for businesses to learn how to connect with Pinners and see an even greater return from Pinterest,” according to an explanatory post on the Pinterest for Business blog.

5 Easy Rules to Remember When Telling Digital Stories

Tech Soup Blog

You have all the tools that many of us could have only dreamed of 15 to 20 years ago. TechSoup has many Adobe products and learning tools available through the Adobe product donation and discount program; find them here.

The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

AFP Blog

The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education : "Considering a few models within my own discipline of art history will orient colleagues curious about venturing down this pedagogical path, but, as with any learning tool, game-based learning will have to fit the specific context of a given course or program.

The Agitator and Ask Amounts

Connection Cafe

And if you're a Convio client, then log on to the Convio Community to check out the Local User Groups - face to face vibrant discussion is a great learning tool and a great way to connect with other nonprofit organizations in your neck of the woods Author: Sally Heaven. I follow several nonprofit fundraising blogs, one of which is The Agitator, and this recent post about "ask amounts" on direct mail and fundraising forms caught my eye.

Can Stories Be Data?

NTEN

There are lots of debates in the amazing world of measurement and learning: The only valid data is quantitative data. I shared this on Twitter and the conversation brought out some interesting points that I curated in “Storify,” a story telling tool. (I By Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog.

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Lee and Satchi do it again! Social Networking in Plain English!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is an excellent basic introduction and gives a great illustration about how social networking can be personal learning tool -- getting answers from your network I love the plain English series that Lee LeFever does. Here's the latest installment.

The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green: Book Release Parties!

Robert Weiner

The website for the new book, The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green describes it as "a comprehensive learning tool to guide nonprofits and NGOs towards becoming greener. The definitive, practical, go-to resource guide on helping all charities become more green.". The authors are on a brief North American book tour, with stops in Toronto, Berkeley, and DC over the next few weeks: Toronto, Ontario : April 22. read more.

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When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Developing Open Source Software For Social Good For example, in the last few months, individual employees have used volunteer hours to create fun interactive, online learning tools for educators and students using Mozilla’s Webmaker. This post originally appeared on CSRwire Talkback.

Case Study: NTEN’s Website Relaunch

NTEN

However, as technology and the available tools have progressed, we’re now finally able to tackle all these issues in a comprehensive way and within a budget that our board will actually approve. I am excited about being really open about our approach and our processes, both as a way to get a great product out there and as a learning tool. We’ve dug up some good-looking online tools to open up usability testing.

The importance of professional development in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

Professional development is a great tool to combat these issues and allows all individuals to continue to thrive within their organization. Click here to read Sarah Hipolito's post, "Never stop learning.". posted by Leslie Beecher , Instructional Designer. ASU Lodestar Center.

Big Data, Philanthropy, and Health at SOCAP13

Tech Soup Blog

The organization provides tools that show campaign contributions, legislative votes, and patterns of influence. The tools aggregate data from a few different sources: The Center for Responsive Politics , GovTrack.us , Follow The Money , and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green: Book Release Parties!

Tech Soup Blog

The website for the new book, The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green describes it as "a comprehensive learning tool to guide nonprofits and NGOs towards becoming greener. The definitive, practical, go-to resource guide on helping all charities become more green.". The authors are on a brief North American book tour, with stops in Toronto, Berkeley, and DC over the next few weeks: Toronto, Ontario : April 22. read more.

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New Year's Technology Resolution #3: This Year, We Will Manage Our Finances Better

Tech Soup Blog

For all your organization's accounting and finance needs, from banking and expense reports to donations processing, inventory tracking, and payroll, we have the software and learning tools to help your small to medium organization comfortably manage its finances. Tags: Donors E-Learning Finances Finances 2010 is the year to make sure your finances are in tip-top shape, and TechSoup is here to help.

SXSW Nonprofit ROI Poetry Slam

NTEN

Oh, and we tried to learn a few things along the way. Using measurement as a learning tool. Four great panelists, three funny judges, and the incomparable Beth Kanter put on quite a show. Some of the issues our poets raised: Combining qualitative and quantitive data. Proving ROI to your managers. Whether or not online mom communities are mean. I didn't get to capture all the great discussion, but I did get some great video of the poems, thanks to Jordan Viator.

Just back from ASAE

SocialFish

One thing to note was that TONS of people wanted to know more about social networking, social media tools, blogging, and other Web 2.0 I don't want to say too much because it's still being developed, but it was a TRULY AWESOME, super fun learning tool for any non-finance association professional, which could be used particularly for boards or any staff development too.

H2O Playlists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This September, Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society will launch H2O Playlists -- a new tool for finding academic content. H20 playlists is one tool in the project. Here's some of the functionality: transform traditional syllabi into interactive, global learning tools. Via the Berkman Center. through people you trust.

The Impact of Your Donation: Ray Smith, 14LCS Scholarship Recipient, Shares

NTEN

Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14LCS to your daily work? Through the NTC and the LCS, participants can learn tools and strategies that make their work more efficient, enabling them to devote more time and resources to fulfilling their missions.

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Elgg is a very cool community-building and e-learning tool – it’s got the social networking combined with features like forums, etc.

NetCentric Advocacy: H2O Playlist: About H2O

Network-Centric Advocacy

Learn about the philosophy behind H2O in our video: Go With the Flow. H2O Playlists make it easy to: transform traditional syllabi into interactive, global learning tools share the reading lists of world-renowned scholars, organizations, and cultural leaders let interested people subscribe to playlist updates and stay current on their fields promote an exchange of ideas and expertise among professors, students, and researchers communicate and aggregate knowledge -- online and offline.

Social Network Management Systems?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

September 11, 2008 I have been thinking about the software tools we call “Management Systems&# – like Content Management Systems, Document Management Systems, Learning Management Systems… I’ve also been playing a lot with an open source tool called Elgg , and have also played, in the past, with Crabgrass , another open source … “SNMS&# ? What do these tools allow you to do? tools (blogs, wikis, etc.).

Social Media Listening: You Don’t To Be Joey Chestnut on the 4th of July!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s the same sort of discomfort that some people feel about approaching the task of listening for learning using the social web. One strategy is to use it as a professional learning tool. Think of Professional Learning As A Gift To Yourself.

The Limits Of Calculating Social Media ROI

John Haydon

ROI as a learning tool. Before you spend time trying to calculate social media ROI, ask yourself one very important question: What purpose does the ROI serve? The reason you want to ask this question first is to determine what to include in the ROI.

Information Coping Skills - How Information Overloaded Are You? Take This Quiz

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the learning tools I created for the workshop was an information overload self-assessment, a simple quiz with yes/no questions that let folks diagnose the degree of information overload they were feeling. I'm speaking at BlogHer Boston on Saturday.

NpTech Tag Summary: 10 Web 2.0 Things You Can Do In Ten Minutes!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Stephen Downes points to Lisa Neal's " Ten Things You Can Do In Ten Minutes To Be A More Successful E-Learning Professional." Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-learning Professional. Collective bookmarking is an extremely powerful learning tool!

Querying the Environment: A Smart Model for Pull Content

Museum 2.0

The most familiar pull learning tool we use daily is Google. Tags: Technology Tools Worth Checking Out exhibition design interactives

Building a Better Suggestion Box

Museum 2.0

Even when the comments are good, museum staff processes are rarely set up to learn from them and adapt programming accordingly. The surveys were not a learning tool; they were a reporting tool.

The Overhead Question: (More) opportunity to reflect on the future of nonprofit assessment and reporting

Social Actions

Evaluations should serve the nonprofit as an iterative learning tool, not serve first as shortcut tool for people uncomfortable w/ subjectivity. That's what qualitative analysis requires, imho, what the nonprofit sector *deserves* from us, & we're not learning it in too many places

Educational Uses of Back Channels for Conferences, Museums, and Informal Learning Spaces

Museum 2.0

Last week, I had my first serious experience with useful back channels at a conference ( WebWise ), and it taught me some lessons about how back channels might be used effectively as a learning tool in museums and other experiential venues (like conferences and classrooms).

What are your most useful synchronous online facilitation practices?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I learned one from Nancy White when I took her online facilitation workshop. How does SL compare to these other tools and where does it fit on the gradient? And, how does a virtual world tool help or hinder effective online collaboration or a synchronuous online communication?

NpTech Tag: Change.org To Launch White-Label Social Network for Nonprofits, GeekToys that Give Geekbumps, and Blog Readability

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But these sites have two important limitations that give nonprofits reason to look for additional tools. Would love to read a summary of the campaign results and lessons learned. You can learn a lot about that more through this informative interview by The Buzz Bin with Steve Bridger on the Buzz Director. Video The AFP Nonprofit Technology blog points to a story by Jennifer Gilomen from BAVC about digital storytelling techniques and tools for nonprofits in the NPTimes.

Meet Nicola M. Wells: Social Media As An Online Door Knocking Campaign for Immigrant Rights

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Wells, Blogger and Community Organizer "We need to treat many of our social tools like door knocking, if someone comments on our site, we should take that as a hello, and use it to open a door to a potential relationship with a new leader, member, or supporter." Nicola M.

Measuring the Value of Your Blog: Reflections Over the Last Year

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A year ago, he said that measuring outcomes for social media is, "an evolving art (not quite a science yet) and you have to be up to the challenge of both thinking a bit differently and be ok with leveraging several different tools." I think there will be different metrics for different strategies, organizations, and tools. However, I have found the daily discipline of writing extremely important to my professional learning. My blog is worth $314,448.78.

Measuring Your Blog's Outcomes and Use of Other Social Media Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" And I'd add blogs, twitter, flickr, tagging, and all the other social media tools and strategies to the list too. Measuring outcomes for social media tools and strategy is as Avinash Kaushik notes in his recent post on the topic , "an evolving art (not quite a science yet) and you have to be up to the challenge of both thinking a bit differently and be ok with leveraging several different tools." And, what about the readers who learn from my learnings?

Forum One Staff Share OpenGov Ideas

Influence

Interactive Rich Media Learning Tool for Historical Benefit Info. The tool could have a corresponding curriculum for high school and college educators to use it as a teaching tool in the classroom. On January 21, 2009, the White House issued the Transparency and Open Government Memorandum. The memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies on implementing open government.