PowerMyLearning: Free Online Education Games and Videos for Nonprofits and Libraries

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eLearning cloud computing education tstrainlearn tsculturalorg tsyouthorg tslibraryorg tsinstructionorg Wikispaces online tools tschoolsorgIt often surprises people when I mention that education accounts for fully one-fifth of nonprofit activity , second only to human services. Of course libraries are all about education in its various forms. There are now a dizzying array of online resources in this area. But what's good, effective, and also entertaining for kids?

What the Heck is A Technology Steward?

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This entry linked to Wikispaces page (Technology Steward Nancy White is presenting this slide show tommorrow at Ignite Seattle! I can't wait for the reflections. Good luck Nancy!


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Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

Amy Sample Ward

Google Analytics for Wikispaces. Today, at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, I had a ton of fun leading a session and discussion around making the most of social media in just 30 minutes a day. Ultimately, it’s less about the amount of time and more about the consistency – and planning, tracking, and everything else! Here are the slides from the session and links to get you started: Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. View more presentations from Amy Sample Ward.

Virtual World Tour 2008

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To learn more about virtual worlds in education, check out the Horizon Project Wikispace If you think that virtual worlds means Second Life, there are many others. I just discovered this introduction on YouTube and thought I'd share it here. One thing I learned is that WhyVille is a virtual world that will run on low bandwidth (dial-up) and lower end computers.

A Wiki for Your Facebook Profile?

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What I'd like to see is a Facebook app for wikispaces so I can integrate my workshop wikis. I just installed a wiki application on my Facebook profile called Wikimono. I'm sure more will follow or they may already be there. Anyway, I'm using the wiki to collect and organize research on social media metrics for a workshop next week. Know any good resources

Wiki: Compare them All

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I compared wikispaces with pbwiki - the two user-friendly hosted wiki apps that I like. This is a cool site. It lets you select any two or more wiki packages and then it dynamically creates a feature-by-feature comparison. Great model! Speaking of wikis, there's gonna be an online wiki and nonprofit event next week over here and here

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Connecting with Your Community

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With a mix of donated tools like Wikispaces and free services like Facebook, your organization has more readily accessible channels to get its message out, boost its fundraising and help recruit volunteers. Creating a wiki with Wikispaces (admin fee: $10) is an inexpensive, straightforward way to help your staff, volunteers, or constituents collaborate both in the office and remotely. For a great example of a Wikispaces wiki used for social media action, check out We Are Media.

Vote With Your Purse 2.0: Women's Online Giving, Offline Power

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There is a section on how to use Sprout and Chipin in for fundraising -- so I'll take this opportunity to mention my ChipIn Case Study about sending a young woman to college and my personal fundraising wikispace WCF Foundation has just released a new report: ??? Vote With Your Purse 2.0: Women???s s Online Giving, Offline Power ,??? a study of women online donors and how the Internet is changing the nature of political engagement for women.

Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

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Wikispaces : Wikis are a new type of website that allows multiple people to add or modify content. Wikispaces is a wiki-hosting service that allows you to create a collaborative website that is easy to setup and use. You choose who has access to create or modify content, and because each version of a page on Wikispaces is saved, users can compare versions or go back to a previous version for reference.

Mindful or Mind Full Social Media?

Beth Kanter

Information Coping Skills Wikispaces. I am doing the ending key note at the Social Media 4 Nonprofits Conference in Silicon Valley today. Here’s the description: How nonprofits can stay focused given all the distractions inherent in today’s attention economy? Social media doesn’t have to be overwhelming– you can take control back.

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Great reads from around the web on December 25th

Amy Sample Ward

" Wikispaces Blog " Blog Archive " How Non-Profits Are Using Wikis – The Wikispaces Blog has some great examples of organizations using wikis in their work. "This I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of December 25th).

Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging - article on TechSoup

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If you're just discovering my blog or tagging for nonprofits via this post, check out my Nonprofit Tagging Wikispace This article, " Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging " was recently updated and published on TechSoup. It morphs two different blog posts by nonprofit tagging thought leaders, Ruby Sinreich and Alexandra Samuel.

NTC08: Social Media ROI Case Study Slam

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I'm beginning to post the slides and detailed notes from the session at NTC08 here on my blog and on my Social Media Metrics Wikispace. | View | Upload your own. The introduction set the ground rules and offer these overview points to the what and why of social media ROI. What do we mean by metrics, measurement, and ROI? What are the challenges in measuring the success of social media? A lot of intangibles, but they're important. No standardized metrics for social media (yet).

To The Twitterverse and Beyond: A Taxonomy of Twitter Tools from Brian Solis

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Better yet, I'd like to see a wikispace that included descriptions, links to tutorials, and tips. Click to see larger image Flickr Photo By @briansolis and @jess3 Last October, Brian Solis created the definitive list of Twitter Tools , a handy list of Twitter helper applications by key categories.

Nonprofits Live Recap: Online Collaboration

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The team uses tools such as Huddle and Zoho to list and assign tasks, Google Docs and Wikispaces to share documents and other resources, and ReadyTalk and GoToMeeting for internal team training. Wikispaces. Wikispaces. The October edition of Nonprofits Live examined the topic of online collaboration. Online collaborating requires an extra dose of the same skills we use when we collaborate in person and a number of tools to bridge the physical distance between collaborators.

#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

Beth Kanter

Information Coping Skills Wikispaces. I’m in Minnesota for the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference where I am doing a plenary session on Saturday morning and two breakout sessions. This blog post serves as a resource page for a session on mindfulness with Rob Cottingham and Jana Byington-Smith. Description: How nonprofits can stay focused given all the distractions inherent in today’s attention economy?

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WeAreMedia: Reflections on Working Wikily - Getting out of the way

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I also set it so anyone could post a comment on the wikispace discussion threads, although there doesn't seem to be a lot of spontaneous discussion on the wikispaces feature except for the name change which had 54 responses. The wikispaces discussion feature on each page is great for brainstorming ideas, problem solving, or pre-writing. Register for wikispaces - this means that if they are logged into their wikispace account we know what they edited.

When Words Get in the Way (Like "Virtual Volunteering")

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An online collaborative space like wikispaces? At the start of any workshop I lead related to virtual volunteering, I ask the audience, "How many of you are engaging with volunteers virtually?" " If few or no people raise their hands, I ask the question again at the end of my workshop. And the numbers always change. Take for example the webinar I did recently for TechSoup's audience on the best assignments for online volunteers.

How to Work Across a Distributed Team

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on Wikispaces. Do you do much of our work online? As more of us do, we're finding new ways to communicate with colleagues who may be in distant locations. Working across distributed teams is all about collaborative work with our colleagues who may be in different cities or even countries. At TechSoup, the need for us to all work in the same office is becoming decidedly old school. We have had to find ways for people to work well together when they are in different locales.

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DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

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Decide what software to use for your wiki — consider the Wikispaces software available to eligible organizations through TechSoup. Have you ever thought about building an online space where different people can easily share their expertise on a subject or project? If creating such a resource seems out of your league, you might want to consider building a wiki. What Is a Wiki?

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Web Design Resources from the TechSoup Global Network

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The Wikispaces Plus Plan , available through TechSoup, offers nonprofits and libraries a hosted wiki site. In the spirit of TechSoup's new look , we've compiled a list of resources and products from around our global network on website design, planning, and management.

A Nonprofit Version of Widget Box?

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I remembered that almost a year ago I was working on screencast about widgets for nonprofits to build community and had set up a wikispace called nonprofit widgets. When I saw the words "nonprofit widget," I had a senior moment. Today, I came across an interesting post from John Bell of Digital Influence Mapping Project blog has an interesting idea , nonprofitwidget.org: Non-profits need to engage their brand ambassadors now.

The Horizon Project

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The Horizon Project Wikispace is where teams of students and teachers from around the globe working on action learning experiments using these emerging technologies. tools being deployed including Wikispaces, Delicious, Slideshare, Ning, Twitter, Meebo, YouTube and many others) We will students researching and experiencing social web enabled learning unfold on the wiki.

Learning In Public On Wikis

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Over the past five years, I have created many wikis to support online learning projects and wikispaces has been one of my platforms of choice because it is easy to use, free, and integrate other social media content. Photo by Beth Kanter. I’m just beginning a new crop of peer learning projects for nonprofits to learn the practice of being networked nonprofits and use social media effectively at Zoetica and through my work as Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.

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Blogging Behind the Nonprofit Firewall: The ROI Approach

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So, I imagine the adoption issues are similar to moving to intranet, wikispace, or basecamp to manage team or internal communications. Benjamin Greenberg works for Physicians for Human Rights but I "met" him on Facebook through a mutual friend, Marian. I actually got a chance to meet Ben face-to-face at a recent Berkman Center Thursday Bloggers meetup. Ben and I also follow each other on Twitter (he's @minorjive ) and that's where I heard him mention this presentation.

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Open Source Thinking: A Remix Wikitation of Marnie Webb's Ten Ways To Use Web2.0 Tools

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You can export jpegs to flickr and create set , you can upload a powerpoint into slideshare or create a wikispace for the presentation or wikitation. Flick Photo by Thomas Hawk. Later today I'm doing a Webinar, a briefing on Web2.0 tools for the good folks at NCNA. I'm filling in for colleagues Marnie Webb and Billy Bicket from Netsquared. I'm trying to embrace two ideas here - the idea of open source thinking and wikitation. Both require me to let go of old ways.

Case Study: Transforming A National Network Culture Through Technology


Using Wikispaces, we created the Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) wiki, and invited all stakeholders to be members, including project directors, IT staff, technical assistance providers, and members of the US Deptartment of Education -- a total of 50 members.

10 Questions to Get You Started Using Social Media for Your Nonprofit or Do-Good Project

Have Fun - Do Good

Wikispaces , PBworks ) Using more tools isn't necessarily better. One of the most common questions I'm asked as a social media consultant is, "Which tool is the best?" Unfortunately, there isn't an easy answer to that question. If you have a do-good project, or a small nonprofit that you want to promote, fundraise for, or build an online community around using social media, your first step is to create a plan.

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More online than local: Why I love Google Docs

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So, I've used wikispaces, pbwiki, socialtext, jotspot, and writely (now google docs). Last month, when I had my horrible computer crash, I lost one or two documents and a few emails. It was because I wasn't only backed up within 24 hours, not minutes. I didn't loose a whole lot more because most of my work is now "backed up" or inside of web applications. I've been using online wikis - documents and more recently, spreadsheet wikis for the past year.

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A Social Media Measurement Nonprofit Guinea Pig: Thanks Tim! Please add your thoughts!

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When I blogged my preliminary thoughts and set up a wikispace , I was seeking a specific nonprofit example to make it more real. | View | Upload your own. I'm doing a workshop on Social Media Metrics, Measurement, and ROI at PodCamp Boston tomorrow. This is work in progress. I'll be doing a presentation on a panel at the Museum Computer Network Conference in two weeks on this topic and in early 2008 for the Legal Services Corporation.

Renewing Your Products and Services

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Wikispaces. Many donated and discounted products at TechSoup have services and licenses that are tied to a one-year timeframe. Because of this, we get a lot of phone calls from nonprofits and libraries asking: Does my service expire or shut off after one year? Do I need to request another donation from TechSoup? Is this something I need to renew with a software provider directly? Worry no more!

It is difficult to let go of the old ways. from powerpoint to wikitation

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I have a wikitation I did with David Wilcox over at his social media wikispace and now pondering whether or not to set up my own little wiki space, partly because I have to rework the material for a different audience and partly to organize and point to the collection of wikitation spaces I have distributed over all over the Internet -- a sort of Beth's Blog As Wiki Portfolio. Photo in flickr - Letting Go.

Tagged Again. Media Consumption.

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Wiki: I love wikispaces, but also use mediawiki, socialtext, and pbwiki. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed, my reaction is to dive into my blog reader. A new form of work advoidance. So, a few days when I was particularly crazy, I went rolling through my reader. When I saw that I had been tagged on Nancy White's blog, I left a crabby comment. Heck, it's the weekend, so I thought I'd respond. This meme is on media consumption.

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Wiki Wiki Means Quickly in Hawaiin

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They have set up a wiki for the event on wikispaces, my favorite hosted wiki application. (I Techsoup is hosting an online event about Nonprofits and Wikis on November 1-3. I even planned an NTC panel on one ) There are already a few good resources already planted on the wiki, including a Best Practices wiki by my colleague Andy Roberts. (I I had a change to play in the sandbox with Andy during the CPsquared conference and I hope he is participating.)

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How To Make A Back Channel Light Up Like Clark Griswald's House

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yes, pbwiki, wikispaces, and wetpaint have free versions). On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do a Webinar called " Social Media for Trainers: A Bag of Tricks " over at the Engage 365 Online Community site. I blogged about the content last week. I had sooo much fun creating and delivering it. And, in looking over the evaluations and reviews , I think the participants did too.

Critical Friends and A Reflection Process for Working Wikily

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With wikispaces, it is important to use the overall site monitoring features so you know when people make contributions. I'm very interested in learning how different types of networks or communities work in a networked way - this whole notion of working wikily. The NTEN project is an excellent learning laboratory for reflection and learning about this topic.

Your Help Needed to Steer the Museum 2.0 Live Archive

Museum 2.0

After asking around, I considered four free-ish options for the wiki: pbwiki , wikispaces , Google sites , and wik.is. I eliminated wikispaces because you have to pay to be ad-free (though it looks and functions very well). Over the life and growth of this blog, one statistic has remained the same: 60% of the visitors to the site at any given time are new to it. This has always made me a bit uneasy.

NpTech Summary: VTvigils Online, Netsquared Announces 21 Featured Projects, and Happiness Hacking

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This month, the Horizon Wikispace , where teams of students and teachers from around the globe are discusisng and creating what impact of these six emerging technologies in the classrooms. VTVigils VT Vigils VTvigils.org is a project of a diverse group of national campaigns and organizations not affiliated with Virginia Tech. They are calling on Americans nationwide to gather and hold silent, candlelight vigils to mourn those lost, reminiscent of the vigils after 9/11.

Podcamp Session on Social Media Metrics: Thank You Jeremiah

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UPDATE: The presentation slides and wikispace is here. Flickr Photo by whatchamakallit. I'm doing a session at Boston podcamp called the Social Media Metrics/ROI Game. I'm slightly out of my comfort zone here because I've only been following this topic closely for a short time, although I have co-authored a guide for nonprofits on technology evaluation and ROI. I also don't want to get too deep into geeky measurement crap.

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

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via Kevin Gamble (see larger here ). I've been trying to collect screen captures and stories about nonprofit web analytics for a screencast on Google Analytics for NTEN. Kevin Gamble left me a comment on a google analytics post that the " Depth of Visit Report " was one of the best metrics (coupled with referring source) for understanding visitor behavior on his university's web site. He notes: "It doesn't take you long to figure out.

10 Steps to Extension Professional 2.0 Remix

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I'm creating a powerpiont for the Webinar and an accompanying wikispace, but wanted to put out this blog post for any feedback. Next week I'm doing a Webinar for Extension Professionals , a remix of 10 Steps to Association 2.0 which was a remix of Marnie Webb 's Ten Ways Nonprofits Can Change the World. I'm having to quiet some inner Gollums while working on the presentation materials. I'm nervous.

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