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.).

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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.

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106 Free or Low-Cost Online Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The internet is loaded with amazing free or low-cost tools and resources! Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the tools listed below to significantly improve your web and email communications and your social media campaigns. The analytics tools will also evaluate your posts to deduce the best possible times to share your content. Learn how to enroll your charity.

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?

59 Useful Mobile 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 and email communications and your social media campaigns. It’s analytics tools will also evaluate your posts to deduce the best possible times to share your content.

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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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. Social Media Tools. It’s analytics tools will also evaluate your posts to deduce the best possible times to share your content. Graphic Design Tools. Photo Editing Tools.

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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 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.

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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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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). To investigate a content experience more deeply using a different set of tools than those used to convey the content. Different tools are best for different types of interaction.

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 In my continuing quest to find elegant ways to integrate technology into the museum experience, we come to interpretative material and the simple question, "How can you create natural ways for visitors to retrieve the information of most interest to them relative to an artifact or exhibit?" Here's one lovely answer: Meta.L.Hyttan.

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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Debunking Misconceptions about Mobile Learning

Gyrus

Mobile training not only offers learning on-the-go, but also allows learners to gain an instant access to information whenever and wherever they need it. However, there is often a misunderstanding on mobile learning capabilities and its usage for corporate learning and training. Let us look at some of the common misconceptions about mobile learning or m-learning through this blog: Mobile Learning Means Learning via Mobile Phones.

Our Favorite Articles from Nonprofit Hub in 2015

NonProfit Hub

Besides just being a big event, the trip can also be a learning tool for nonprofits. Here Kathryn looks at lessons you can learn from the dating world and use to help you end up in a long-committed relationship with granting organizations. Lessons Learned from Starting a Nonprofit in 2015. Finally, we have a more personal story from our staff that you can learn from. As we complete another trip around the Sun, one can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. (We

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. In addition, technical teams have participated in single-day company events—like one where important new reporting features were designed for Miradi , a tool used by thousands of NGOs, in over 130 countries, to monitor worldwide conservation projects.

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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.

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. Keep an eye out for webinars and other online learning tools to be rolled out under the Pinstitute this spring!

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.

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Varied and sundry before a brief break

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. I could think of several interesting implementations in the nptech world that would be fun (like it would make a great e-learning platform for, say, circuit riders, or folks like that.)

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. I was able to develop dynamic, innovative, and knowledgeable courses using e-learning tools such as Articulate, Camtasia, Microsoft Office, and worked with graphic artist to develop custom interactive multimedia instruction (IMI). Click here to read Sarah Hipolito's post, "Never stop learning.".

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. Capturing beautiful imagery and creating wonderful designs is only half of the story. If you're an amazing photographer, then in many cases your work will speak for itself.

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. Without a clear answer to this question, you risk entering into an Alice In Wonderland world that becomes more and more complicated as your journey progresses. You might begin with a simple formula.

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Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are lots of debates in the amazing world of measurement and learning. I shared this on Twitter and the conversation brought out some interesting points that I curated in “Storify,&# a story telling tool. (And, had to laugh at the geeky recursiveness of creating a story out of qualitative data from Twitter and other sources – and then adding it to my curated nonprofit measurement collection on scoop.it). Flickr Photo by Caramel - Creatives Common Licensed.

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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.

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.

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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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

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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. This free web tool is designed to help nonprofits as well as local health departments, financial institutions, and hospitals better understand the needs and assets of their communities.

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.

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.

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. Everyone in the organization understands that social media is more than an external communications tool, and they use it adroitly for their professional learning and even their personal lives. One strategy is to use it as a professional learning tool. Think of Professional Learning As A Gift To Yourself.

Learning is the Work

Beth Kanter

Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons. I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues. The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray, Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.

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 When the issue of interest moves from measurement for accountability/compliance to #evaluation for learning – from Karcsig. I'm noodling – and it gave me an excuse to play with storify as a sense-making tool.

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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. Building a better feedback mechanism for all comments--good and bad--requires two things: Staff who are eager to learn from visitors (and have processes in place to support change).

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. Go to the nonprofit twitter pack find and follow ten people who may learn something from. Use your blog or twitter or whatever tool to solicit practical ideas on how to use social media to make connections. Want to learn from the best of the best?

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." I transformed that blog into what is today Standing FIRM and my interest in social media as a tool for organizing skyrocketed from there. How did you organization successfully deploy and adopt these tools?

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. I'm looking forward to finally meeting Maria Thurell in person and connecting again with Twitter maven Pistachio ( Laura Fitton ).

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? This is interesting to me because Second Life is quite the opposite - there is a huge investment in learning the tools, there is no audio (although that is changing) and it is all visual.

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.

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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.

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.