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A Bird's Eye View of the Content Management Landscape

Do you dream of a Website that you can update with regular content?  Jeff Herron and Usha Venkatachallam of Beaconfire Consulting map out the landscape of Content Management Systems that can allow non-technical staff to update Websites.  This great article entitled A Bird's Eye View of the Content Managem READ MORE

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Making Connections Online Through Blogs

 I just read an interesting article titled Blogging Connections: Real Life Meetings.

The article brings up two main points-

1) Bloggers are considered experts in their fields and many bloggers speak at events.

2) Many bloggers meet each other in person at blogging related events. They also meet each other at events not related to blogging.

Bloggers have already established a relationship with other bloggers. But when bloggers meet face to face, they are able to expand their relationship. These connections would have never happened without the blogging experience.

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The Bad In Email (or Why We Need Collaboration Software)

This is a great article discussing some of the pitfalls that I often site for groups overusing Listservs for group work.

The Bad In Email (or Why We Need Collaboration Software)

EXCERPT: "Email is Silo'ed
The single worst trait of email is that it’s silo’ed.

What I mean by silo’ed is that email traps information into personalized, unsharable, unsearchable vacuums where no one else can access it - the Email Inbox. Think of your Email Inbox as a heavily fortified walled garden. Not mentioning the difficulties many have accessing their Email Inbox outside the corporate firewall, the Email Inbox contains a hodgepodge of business, personal and private information that most people do not want to share with others.  " READ MORE

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New Tools for Education: Spotlight on iPod Nano Winner Clancy Wolf!

 

Congratulations to Clancy  J.  Wolf,  Ed. D, who won the Social Web Survey iPod Nano giveaway! Clancy has worked with students, teachers, and researchers from Forks, Washington, to Key West, Florida, exploring how technology helps students learn and challenging students to think about their role in the world around them. He is   the past President of the Northwest Council for Computer Education, the country’s oldest organization for teachers who   use technology in the classroom. READ MORE

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One of the best analyses of the Social Web - now accessible to everybody!!

Thanks to a tip from Tim (thank you, Tim!) who went back and tried the links, we all know now the articles were finally made public. Andreas Kluth, the writer, told me that he pushed for changing the rules as well. Glad we all succeeded! Now go and read!

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Podcast Transcription Software

 

Given that the Net2Learn theme of the week is Podcasting for Nonprofits, I've got a podcasting question for you.  What is an affordable, not extremely complicated, effective transcription software that can be used to transcribe digital audio files?   Not only do I selfishly want this information for my own podcast, I see it as a key tool for nonprofits who want to use podcasts. 

For example, I belong to the CyberVPM (Volunteer Program Manager) Yahoo Group.  I recently posted a message on it saying that people should listen to this great interview on the 501c3cast with Susan Ellis of Energize Inc.  One of the members, Tech Soup superstar, Jayne Cravens, wrote in response that the interview: READ MORE

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Send Me an Odeo

 Send Me A Message

The newest This Week in NeSquared News is up on the NetSquared Odeo channel and it includes an audio comment from a listener, Mike Seyfang.  If you would like to send us an audio comment, either, send the mp3 to me at bbravo AT techsoup.org (if I can, I will include it in the next week's podcast), or post it it on the bottom of the page for one recording, or hit the "Send Me an Odeo" badge above. READ MORE

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Net2Learn Theme of the Week: Podcasting for nonprofits

Check out the new Theme of the Week over on Net2Learn: Podcasting for nonprofits & ngos. This resource center provides a crash course in podcasting for nonprofits, including an explanation of podcasting technology and tools as well as great tips for using podcasts to help your nonprofit. If you've been thinking about using podcasting your nonprofit, the podcasting for Nonprofits resource center can walk you through the process. If you're already a podcaster, the case studies and links can offer you further inspiration. READ MORE

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Are you a NetSquared Webcast Party Planner?

If you would like to attend, or even better plan, a NetSquared gathering in your city on May 30th that would feature webcasts of the NetSquared Conference, let us know by filling out the NetSquared/Web Conference Survey and passing it on to other non-profits and technology practitioners in your community.

If there's enough community interest, we'll create a fund to cover the costs of renting space for local NetSquared gatherings that have at least 25 committed participants, and look for a webcasting sponsor.

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Conference Participation Online

I would really like to help with participating in this conference virtually somehow. I am not sure if it would be different topics/thems from the conference or not, but I think there are ways we can do something virtually during the actual conference.

Suggestions/Ideas

  •  Post schedule/list of topics being discussed at the conference. Describe what the sessions will be about. That way we can post blog entries about our thoughts about these topics. It can either be posted before or after it takes place at the conference.
  • I like to read text. Post handouts and presentations. Link to websites that are discussed. Write blog entries to keep us updated with what was discussed.
  • Even though I am not big on podcasting or videos, there are others who would like to see those.
  • Have one of the live bloggers (or someone else) during the session post an entry on here about what session they are at.
  • If the topics are posted ahead of time, we can post blog entries with our thoughts. Have someone check the blog entries on here to share with that session.
  • Encourage participants to blog about their experience.
  • Post pictures on Flickr.
  • Create a Frappr map for participants at conference and others who wish they could be there.
  • Create another blog similiar to this conference discussion blog. (where we use a tag)

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