National Family Literacy Day

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This Sunday while you're finishing off the Halloween candy, think about doing something for National Family Literacy Day. The idea behind the day, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy is to promote family literacy. Sunday, really, is just another reminder that every day can be literacy day. Tags: Reading facebook Bookshare National Family Literacy Day literacy

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

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The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. At the close of 2012, we are five years into our work in education and are serving over 230,000 students.

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Twitteracy (Twitter Literacy)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Howard Rheingold has an interesting post titled "Twitter Literacy ( I refuse to Make Up a Twittery Name for It ). Rheingold suggests that is an example of social media literacy: Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. The phrase "Twitter Literacy" made me think of this pretty funny syllabus called " Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era.

Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries. Like many, I had duly devoured founder John Wood’s riveting bestseller and I fully admired the incredible work of Room to Read to promote literacy around the world. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do. Three reasons kids need digital literacy and citizenship education — and three ways to provide it – Guest Post by Emily Esch. It’s all about teaching digital literacy and citizenship: the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically, behave safely, and interact responsibly in a digital world. Is it about keeping students safe? Photo by WhiteAfrican.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

The Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is a capstone experience for students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty, and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work. The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. It's finally here!

How Text Messaging Improves Educational Outcomes for Students

Mobile Commons

According to a new article by The New York Times , a light nudge can make a big impact in the lives of students. The article points to multiple studies that suggest that text messaging can help students perform better in school, encourage parents to spend more time with their children in order to improve literacy rates, and coach students through college admissions. Students in the test group were sent text message reminders for re-enrollment form completion.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

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I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, and severe learning disabilities like dyslexia, but we also serve international members in nearly 50 countries and are working to extend Bookshare’s reach to veterans who need access to books and information.

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

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You see, several months later, the federal Department of Education challenged us to compete against a well-respected national nonprofit 60 times our size in a bid to provide accessible educational materials for US students who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print disabled. We didn’t have to convince them that students with disabilities had important needs. This post originally appeared on Arabella Advisors'' Greater Good blog as part of the series Impact 2014.

New Media Literacy Site from MIT - and check out the great Vlog Tutorial!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The new media literacies web site is working to integrate new media materials into compelling activities for K-12 students for use in or out of school. From Steve Garfield's Flickr Stream. Henry Jenkins is the Team Leader. There are tons of excellent resources here! There is a fantastic how video blogging tutorial from Steve Garfield , John Barth , Jason Crow and Four Eyed Monsters. The series covers the following topics: 1. Welcome to Videoblogging 2. Is Videoblogging News?

Building a Digitally Literate Community

Tech Soup Blog

A few months ago, I attended Microsoft Citizenship's YouthSpark Connection event and heard first-hand from recent high school graduates about how dire the need for digital literacy is. Defining Digital Literacy. But first, what exactly is digital literacy? According to the report, 99% of public libraries offer access to technology, and 90% report offering some sort of digital literacy skills training.

3rd Annual EveryAction Nonprofit Halloween Costume Parade

EveryAction

Children's Literacy Initiative. The Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) began as a way to provide collections of excellent children’s books & trainings in reading-aloud to teachers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. UCS was founded by scientists and students at MIT in 1969 and began with calling for scientific research to be directed away from military technologies and toward solving pressing environmental and social problems.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech’s Global Literacy Program. With the goal of promoting braille literacy, this landmark meeting brought together braille experts from around the world to Perkins’ campus in Watertown, Massachusetts. That’s why braille is an important focus for us in Benetech’s Global Literacy Program — we know that we must keep braille relevant and make it more available.

Robin Seaman, Agent of Inclusion

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We had just won the national contract to supply ALL disabled students in the United States, with ALL the books they needed to read to succeed in school, for free. You probably know that Robin was a pioneer in the ebook industry, but you probably don't know how she applied those experiences and her extensive network to the cause of advancing global literacy.

Benetech: President's Update

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I want to unveil several of these new initiatives, as well as sneaking in some of the incredible things happening in our core programs in literacy and human rights. Highlights of this Letter: SocialCoding4Good CityOptions Read2Go and Route 66 Literacy Selected Program Updates Human rights: Legal victory in Guatemala, PBS NewsHour stories Literacy: Major milestones for Bookshare at home and abroad SocialCoding4Good Just funded by the John S.

Opposing Salesforce.com attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

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The great majority of social enterprises are nonprofit organizations dedicated to the social good through employing disadvantaged people, educating students, improving the environment, advancing health care, respect for human rights and so many other beneficial activities. I've been working closely with Kevin Lynch, the CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance, on countering the efforts of Salesforce.com to attempt to trademark the name of our entire field, Social Enterprise.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. Highlights of this Update: Human Rights Global Literacy Benetech Labs and Board of Directors Human Rights In the age of hyper-surveillance, it is clear that at-risk human rights defenders are no longer the only ones who need the know-how to protect sensitive information. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

Changing lives through financial empowerment

ASU Lodestar Center

It has been amazing to see the impact financial literacy can have on a person, and just how crucial financial literacy is on the future of our young people. There are no courses in our public school systems that teach students how to use a. integrate financial literacy into our school systems, or at least make. the resources to financial literacy known in our communities. posted by. Kristen Coco , Program Developer.

Bookshare Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary at Google

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They also demoed Read2Go, the accessible ebook application for the Apple OS and Route 66 Literacy, Benetech’s online literacy instructional program. This summer, we will have three students working on Bookshare software for our users underwritten by Google’s Summer of Code program. Our vision is to provide equal opportunities for students with disabilities and help them overcome a major barrier to accessing to the most valuable prize in society: a great education.

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

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Of course, accessibility is right up Benetech’s alley and the focus of our Literacy program. Today I’m delighted to share the exciting news about the new award we just received from OSEP to build upon Bookshare’s success and significantly improve access for students with disabilities. Free professional development for school districts across the country in order to increase utilization of Bookshare and serve as many students as possible.

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Support Bookshare for Veterans

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For them, Bookshare —Benetech’s Global Literacy initiative and the world’s largest accessible digital library for people with print disabilities—opens up a lifeline to reading. We’re proud of our success bringing the benefits of Bookshare’s rapidly growing collection of accessible books to American students with print disabilities, but we’re nowhere near done. The U.S.

How to Write Effective Web Copy (Part 1): Make It Readable

Connection Cafe

American Literacy is Iffy. I’m going to give you all the same facts, and I want each of you to write the ‘lede’ of the story if it was going to appear in the student paper.”. In this case, students care far more about getting a day off school than a teaching conference. A sentence such as, “This program is designed to serve underprivileged students” should become, “This program serves underprivileged students.”. The Internet is bloated.

New to TechSoup: Reading Eggs Online Educational Program

Tech Soup Blog

Reading Eggs is ideal for organizations that work with literacy among children and want to motivate them through games. The goal of Reading Eggs is to support each child by offering lessons tailored to each student that allow them to progress at their own rate. A team of education professionals developed the 120-lesson curriculum to help students with reading as well as with phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.

Southeast Asia, Social Enterprise Accidental Tour!

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All of the staff have name badges identifying them either as students or teachers. I especially appreciate Big Brother Mouse because of their shared focus on access to literacy. We walked away with a handful of books, and I’ve been in touch by email with the founder: I hope we can find ways to help each other bring literacy to far more people who need it! I just spent almost three weeks in Thailand and Laos on a combined work and vacation trip.

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CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

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From people in Latin America who face severe water scarcity to at-risk human rights defenders and students with disabilities, our users and their families are the ones who best convey the impact of our work. Consider third grade student Brennan Draves. In fact, his reading skills are above average and he is on track to be an honor roll student. We want students like Brennan—and disadvantaged people everywhere—to have equal opportunities to make their lives better.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

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The tools we develop for that purpose span a range of fields—from human rights , to global literacy , to the environment —but no matter what area we work in, we depend on an IP system that’s friendly to technological advances and to positive social impact. We called this idea Bookshare , which is now Benetech’s largest Global Literacy initiative. students) with a collection of 220,000+ (and counting) accessible books—the world’s largest library of its kind.

Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Imitate the Art of Corporate Branding

NonProfit Hub

Her career has been dedicated to helping students and professionals reach their full potential, including years of service in English and literacy at the secondary and higher education levels. As an instructor, her primary areas of focus included reading, writing and literacy advocacy for students of all abilities. Robert Antell and his wife, Marguerite, decided to make a break from the norm in their rural town of Perinton near the Canadian border in New York State.

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Research Friday: Research and Policy Briefs

ASU Lodestar Center

Ahmad Naboulsi , Master's Student of. continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit scholar, student, or professional to. Click here to read Pat Lewis's "Research Friday: Financial literacy: understanding money for today’s activities and tomorrow’s security.". posted by. Public Administration. Welcome to Research Friday ! As part of a. highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice.

President’s Update: Fall 2013

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Highlights of this Update: Global Literacy Human Rights Benetech Labs Communications Global Literacy Bookshare celebrated a double milestone this summer, reaching over 200,000 available titles in our collection and serving over 250,000 members with disabilities! students, we also serve adults, seniors, veterans, and international subscribers in over 40 countries.

Association Social Media: International Reading Association

SocialFish

The past two years we’ve launched a campaign around International Literacy Day. This year, we worked with NASA on a “Lift Off to Literacy” campaign. The second (and larger) component of the campaign was asking teachers to commit to adding an extra 60 seconds of literacy-focused activities in their classroom for 60 days. W e asked them to share photos, videos, and stories about what their students were doing using the hashtag #ILD14.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

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This fair use victory is crucial not only for our present work, but also for our social mission at large and for the future of our work under our Global Literacy program. It states the following about the HDL’s digitation process: The image files will provide an additional and often more useful method by which many disabled patrons, especially students and scholars, can obtain access to these works.

President's Update: Summer 2008

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This means new challenges ahead in scaling Bookshare.org to serve every single student with a print disability in the U.S. In essence, we're being paid to deliver – free – accessible books to all students with print disabilities in the United States for the next five years. We will increase the number of students we currently serve by more than a factor of ten – in fact, our membership has already grown by over 20,000 users. students.

How to Maximize Success Stories Across Your Nonprofit’s Digital Channels

Nonprofit Tech for Good

World Food Program USA (WFP USA), the US affiliate of the 2020 Nobel Prize-winning United Nations World Food Programme, has beautifully adapted the story of Rani—a precocious student in India who receives meals fortified with micronutrients—for their blog, Facebook, and Instagram. WFP USA shared their blog post of Rani’s story on Facebook for Literacy Day on September 8.

Benetech: President's Update

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The amazing thing about serving 100,000 students right now is that our commitment to the U.S. Department of Education was to serve 100,000 students by the end of our five-year contract in late 2012. Based on hitting that number two years early, we’re now projecting that we could serve perhaps twice as many students, 200,000, by the 2012 milestone date. Literacy, human rights and the environment are critically important to the future of humanity.

Association Social Media: International Reading Association

SocialFish

The past two years we’ve launched a campaign around International Literacy Day. This year, we worked with NASA on a “Lift Off to Literacy” campaign. The second (and larger) component of the campaign was asking teachers to commit to adding an extra 60 seconds of literacy-focused activities in their classroom for 60 days. W e asked them to share photos, videos, and stories about what their students were doing using the hashtag #ILD14.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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Literacy and access to knowledge underpins just about every social good, from education, to economic development, to health, to women’s empowerment, democracy and respect for human rights. It works well for students in the United States, but we’re still not reaching American adults to the extent we would like. All students around the world have access to rich and varied educational content. • I believe in the power of books to change the world.

Leading the Participant

Museum 2.0

The Discovery Center is a one-hour simulation in which groups of students (grade 5 and up) role play in a realistic, interactive environment. The students are each given roles on one of three teams--the Oval Office, a military command center, and a press room. As the students enter the simulation, onscreen actors tell them: When you walk through these doors, you will no longer be students. The simulation is structured to give students information, then a binary choice.

Announcing… 29 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2012!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Prevent students from dropping out of high school and increase literacy: @ CISNational , @ FirstBook. Every January Nonprofit Tech 2.0 selects a new set of nonprofit avatars to be featured in the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 banner. The selection process is a personal one. I choose nonprofits that in my mind have excelled at social media throughout the previous year and represent causes that I feel are timely for the coming year.

10,000 Nonprofits On Twitter!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Their first project is a secondary school for 1,200 girls in Afghanistan where the female literacy rate is only 12%. I gave $25 [which will provide 1 student with textbooks and other supplies for 1 year]. This morning I followed my 10,000th nonprofit on Twitter! A young nonprofit dedicated to building schools for girls in developing countries named Circle of Women.

American India Foundation

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To my delight, the Akshay Pratishthan school had a focus on teaching students with disabilities: roughly half the students had disabilities and were mainstreamed with students without disabilities. Second, they focus on project based learning, where students use the computers to complete projects. I was shown an particularly nice student project in science on the physics of airplanes (lift, drag, etc.) : just the sort of thing I would have loved at that age.

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How To Fundraise For Corporate Donations Using Passive Income Practices

NonProfit Hub

A high school or college student who’s looking for experience in digital marketing could be a great candidate. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she returned from a four-year stint in California to enjoy the more community-oriented atmosphere of Durham, NC, where Megan volunteers with the Durham Literacy Center and local running clubs. When seeking corporate sponsorship, nonprofits often split up into two camps.

Are You Trying Social Media Contests to Promote Your Conference? [CASE STUDY: AILA]

SocialFish

A law student membership program exists too. This let AILA gauge social media literacy and learn more about entrants. Ten entrants were attorneys and one was a law student. Meeting not only our fellow participants, but other lawyers, students, and media representatives, through conversations started over social media makes us more efficient and informed. Lindsay Curcio is an attorney who has been practicing immigration law since 1990.

America's Giving Challenge Days: Bloggers Campaign!

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may remember that my family and I sponsor a college student, Leng Sopharath, with the help of many of you. Our project on Global Giving focuses on literacy which is key to education and jobs for poor children. The Sharing Foundation's Khmer Literacy program helps farm children learn their native alphabet and numbers well enough to attend elementary school.