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.

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!

Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

Watch this Webinar About Wikis

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We had Sarah Cove from Wikispaces explain what wikis are, how they work, and describe the benefits that organizations discover when they use them. On Wednesday, Techsoup Talks! hosted a webinar called "Collaborate with Wikis" which was recorded and can be accessed here. I interviewed David Beall from SFHomeless.net and Beth Duttlinger from Alliance Library System who shared information about their experience creating and using a wiki.

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

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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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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.

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.

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. You have to register for wikispaces in order to add yourself.

A Wiki Convert


I then poked around Wikispaces (since the We Are Media wiki is using the platform, it seemed like a good choice) a little before jumping in. Wikispaces also made it easy to change the privacy settings so that only members could view and comment. I, like most nonprofit staffers I imagine, both love my job and always have a mountain of work to get through.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Help Needed to Steer the Museum 2.0 Live Archive

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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).

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.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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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Evaluating Wikis


There are plenty of great hosted Wikis, like PBWorks (formerly PBWiki) and WikiSpaces , in addition to all of the Wikis that you can download and install on your own Server. I'm following up on my post suggesting that Wikis should be grabbing a portion of the market from word processors. Wikis are convenient collaborative editing platforms that remove a lot of the legacy awkwardness that traditional editing software brings to writing for the web.

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

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Photo in flickr - Letting Go. I have to prepare for a presentation at the Integrated Media Conference (public broadcasting) at the end of the month called "Lessons Beyond the Field."

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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Building Intranet and community network sites


You can do this using an inexpensive hosted service, such as wikispaces or zoho's wiki , or you can install on your own server the original mediawiki or newer full systems such as tikiwiki. These days, having an “Intranet” comes up a lot as a requirement for website projects. I'm using the term advisedly to refer to a range of needs for private space for organizing campaigns and collaboratively developing ideas.

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.

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.

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.

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!

My Top 10 Social Action Platforms of 2008

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By mashing up WikiSpaces and ThePoint , David helped a number of journalists fund raise thousands of dollars for their articles before even launching the now live beta site!