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Webinar on http://taroworks.org/ and Video from KIVA on Mobile Apps

Webinar on http://taroworks.org/ and Video from KIVA on Mobile Apps:

A lot of interesting tidbits come across my screen every day about designs that support innovation in international development. I wanted to share a couple this morning. First is a free webinar coming up on mobile and cloud tools which may have some relevance to the Solidaridad work. (Less about fundraising). note the time is in US Eastern Daylight time, which is 6 hours behind you in the Netherlands! The second is just a quick link to a video on agricultural loans and mobile applications from KIVA

Subject: Webinar: TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Connecting the Information Dots

TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Tues, September 24th @ 11:30AM - 12:45PM EDT

This Tuesday’s webinar focuses on TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis:

TaroWorks enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data, and use that data to make business decisions.

TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.

TaroWorks is a product of the Grameen Foundation. Building on over 10 years of experience working with poverty-focused organizations, the Foundation developed TaroWorks as a data tool to provide greater understanding and transparency, no matter how remote your clients, partners, and operations.

The presenters will include:

Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa

You’ll find registration information below for this webinar and the others in the series. We hope you can join us.
 

Connecting the Information Dots, a Webinar Series for International Not-for-Profit Organizations.

NPOKI & n-Village, in partnership with InsideNGO, will present a webinar series for international not-for-profit organizations (INFP) seeking solutions to address and integrate knowledge management, content management/publishing, monitoring and evaluation, use of ICTs, workflow, project management, financial management, and grant/partner management.

This webinar series offers presentations (1 - 1½ hour) demonstrating the possibilities available when we ‘connect the information dots’ - defining, collecting, managing and sharing information inside and outside the organization. We will look at specific solutions implemented by our member organizations, and demonstrate interesting products from various vendors and implementation consultants. Knowing that it is not possible to highlight every available solution, we have chosen to focus on those that may provide new value to the INFP sector and/or that may work in low resource areas. William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI, and Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village, moderate the series.

For more information about previous/future presentations, visit:  http://www.npoki.org/connecting-the-information-dots/

Topic,  Date/Time
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Presenter(s)
TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection and Data Analysis

Tues, Sep 24th @ 11:30AM � 12:45PM EDT
TaroWorks (www.taroworks.org) enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data and use that data to make business decisions. TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.
Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa
 
Registration

There is no fee for the webinars, but attendance is limited, so register early.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3061023130245139200

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We anticipate quite an interest in the topics included, and suggest that you promote the webinar series to key colleagues within your organization with a direct interest in these topics, including Knowledge Management, Communication, M & E, Grants & Contracts, Finance, Program, and IT staff.

If you have questions or comments, please contact info@npoki.org

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#NoShare: A Personal Twist on Data Privacy | iRevolution

#NoShare: A Personal Twist on Data Privacy | iRevolution:

For those of you concerned about privacy with respect to your own digital identity, take a read of this article. Some good food for thought.

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The Value of Learning in Public

I just saw this post and wanted to share it with both the faculty and student teams! http://socialmediaissues.net/uncategorized/about-blogging-and-learning-in-public/

Howard writes:

We all have a digital footprint, whether we like it or not. Why not improve your Googlejuice while you are learning,  help your co-learners see a new angle on our texts, and contribute to the great aggregate conversation of the Web? Life online is not about writing a paper for a grade from your professor. Why should we isolate our learning from the kind of lives we live and will live via social media? Why not take your blog reflections as seriously as your permanent record? Why not learn now how to attract the attention of those who can help you learn, and how to use your learning to contribute to the learning of others? Why not invite the world to comment on your reflections, and not just your teacher or even your fellow students?

I echo his questions to all of you!

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How do you feel about publicly blogging? Want to see other examples?

Howard Rheingold is teaching a course at Stanford which shares our “public blogging” approach. You might want to check out some of the students’ early blogs and see how their experience compares to yours!

As part of his introduction, Howard shared this slide show on collaborative learning. Again, what do you notice that is familiar or different in our course?

There is another link on his course that I like on the media we use to co-learn. I’ve embedded it below.  It might be fun to make a map for our course. Is anyone interested?

Stanford Social Media Issues Course Collaboration Tool Configuration

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You care about the syllabus and grading list!

I was looking at the site stats, and this is what I saw today:

careaboutgradinglist

 

It is always interesting to see what motivates folks…. 🙂

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Meeting Words from September 16

Project Community – Meetingwords of 16-9-2013
What technology facilitates your group’s online collaboration? 
  • Group 1:Facebook Group
  • Group 2:Facebook Group, WhatsApp Group
  • Group 3:Google Drive, Tumblr and Facebook Group
  • Group 4:Facebook Group, Trello, Tumblr
  • Group 5:Facebook Group
  • Group 6:Facebook Group
  • Group 7:Facebook Group, Google Doc, Dropbox, Whatsapp group
  • Group 8:facebook group
  • Group 9: Facebook Group
Request from Nancy:
When you post your spidergrams, put the word SPIDERGRAM in the post title and please, post an explanation as well as the picture, OK?
Notes on Tech Stewardship Things
  • Expect things not to work
  • Don’t panic
  • Have back up and other things, like text (meetingwords, FB, Twitter)
  • Don’t do it alone
  • Practice sessions
  • Allow more time for tech the first time
  • Globally – people might have bad network connections
  • Audio and/or video?
 WhatsApp
On Digital Identity
  • Who creates info about you? That is part of your DI
  • What info do you create?
  • See One educators experience “Identity, Love, and Catfishing”  http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/2393
  • Consider how you create the positive side of your digital identity, vs the things you may later regret!
Summarizing Q&A on assumptions vs getting the answers from the client
  • Q: To fill in the spidergram we have to make assumptions about the client organization, but we just learned in our intro week that it can be very unproductive to base your solutions on assumptions
  • A: Don’t see the spidergram that you fill in now as the final version. Use the spidergram to find out which answers you still need to ask your client. In that way you can get your knowledge to the next level and then agin start the next iteration.
Chat Archive
September 16, 2013
Janneke: welcome conor
4:38Janneke: sorry to hear you’re sick, good of you to join the meetingwords
4:44Conor: hey not a problem, maybe be sick, but still having a productive day thankfully! What is the expected time to start?
4:48Janneke: 15:45 everyone’s set up – 16:00 nancy comes online
4:49Conor: awesome, thanks for that!
6:38Group 9: Group 9 testing
6:44Group 2: test
6:44Group 6: hey
6:48Group 5: HEY
6:49Group 6: wassup
6:54Nancy: Good morning!
6:54Nancy: I think Alan is online too. Just waiting for Hangout invite.
6:54Nancy: Please forgive me in advance – i have a cold
6:55Nancy: Is Maartin L joining us? Via Hangout?
6:56Meggie: We are also waiting for an invite here in area 51
6:57Alan Levine: Alan is (barely) awake
6:57Nancy: Haha
6:58Meggie: Good morning/afternoon. Is anyone in the hang-out yet?
6:58Nancy: Waving. Meggie, I tried to add you to a Skype back channel and realized I did not have your Skype ID (backup)
6:58Meggie: Waving back I am meggiewilliams_hhs on skype
7:00Group 7 :D: hello
7:01Nancy: Thanks, Meggie. Just send a contact request
7:01Group 9: should we post our spidergram at tumblr or facebook?
7:01Group 6: tumblr
7:02Nancy: If you post in FB, you need to add AlaN AND i to your group. (Cap lock. Sorry)
7:03nicky: what kind of explanation do we need??
7:04Group 7 :D: We dont have microphone or camera for group 6 and 7
7:05Group 7 :D: we can hear and see you though
7:09Group 2: Could someone please sent an invite to this address ? patryk.batistelli@gmail.com
7:13Group 6: add siras to the thiiiing
7:13Meggie: It is so unny when peopel try to help but the buttons have alnguage they don’t know…\
7:24Group 7 :D: Question, do we necessarily have to use drupal as the software?
7:24Alan Levine: You are not being asked to use drupal but to try and understand what it can do
7:28Group 2: No we dont need it anymore thanks
7:30Alan Levine: ok
7:31Group 7 :D: no i mean what about suggesting a different framework for them to use?
7:38Meggie: I am slightly worried that there are so few questions. Are we using our precious time effectively?
7:43Alan Levine: Groups 2 and 7- what is “WhatsApp”? thats a new one to me
7:46Group 5: its a network which can be used to chat freely over wi-fi or mobile data between mobile phones
7:50Meggie: if we’re having a tutor afterparty hang-out you need to invite me openinnovatorhhs@gmail.com
7:52Nancy: Alan and I are on Skype right now
7:53Nancy: Group 5, can you say more? Are you looking for a tool that works both online and with mobiles?
7:54Nancy: For example, I have a group I work with in Kenya and they DON”T use the web due to connectivity variability and use WhatsApp all the time

 

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Digital Identity and our Roles in Project Community

closeupofdrawingI started drafting this earlier today, sitting in my robe (still) in front of my computer on a cool and cloudy Seattle day, head pounding with a cold-induced headache, thinking about “being ready” for the coming week of project community. This is the advantage of doing this online – I can stay in my comfy robe! 😉

Reading your blogs (students, tutor/faculty team, etc) has started giving me a tiny glimpse into we we all are, individually and a bit, collectively. The student blog posts that really brought out an individual’s ideas, intentions, challenges were most helpful. I could “feel a bit of the human being” behind the words. I really like that. It starts to give me a sense of YOUR digital identities.

Meggie posted today in her blog some wonderings about the roles we each play. That reminded me it might be helpful to share the role I “THINK” I play in this ecosystem we call “Project Community.” It seems to fit with one of the two themes of this coming week (Digital Identity and Technology Stewardship.)

My role started last year when Maarten invited me to help redesign the Project Community course. We’ve known each other since the early 2000’s when he took a course I ran on online facilitation. After we redrafted  the course, Maarten invited me to co-teach it with him and his team. Confusism reigned and we all learned a lot. I was present each week virtually and my main roles were bringing some subject matter experience and knowledge, working with teams when they wanted some additional assistance, and reading and commenting on as many blogs as I could. I also scouted for and curated external resources during the course that seemed to relate to what was happening during any specific week. At the end, we reflected on what we learned and did another iterative round of redesign for this year.

I’m not sure I came into this year with a lot more clarity about my role. 😉 When I read about the three roles of a teacher this morning on Meggie’s blog, I realize my role is all three of the roles she mentioned.

  • The knowledge transferer. I have worked in online collaboration since 1996 and have seen quite a few things come and go in the field, and try to notice what endures.
  • The master and apprentice. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. Hopefully I learned something and can offer that. I also have a lot of contacts in the field that could be of use to you (remember, to ask!)
  • Friends in search for truth. While this is probably not the role the University contracted for with me, I think this is the role closest to my heart. My beliefs around learning are are heavily influenced by thinkers like Etienne Wenger and the idea of social learning. No one of us has the “corner” on it. We do it together. And in that togetherness, there is so much to learn.

What is your role?

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Look Who is Tweeting #About ProjComm!

week2externaltweetsI’ve been tweeting a bit about Project Community with the #projcomm hashtag. I thought I’d share a few of the tweets I noticed this morning!

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Want to Know How the Blogging is Going?

Just a quick post to share some of the Projectcommunity web stats so far. Monday 21 articles were published. Tuesday there were 55, Wednesday 10 and today 8. Some of those were from faculty, so I suspect there are a few of you who still need to get your blogs started (hint, hint!)

Week2stats

You might be surprised to know there were two visits from people who followed a link from Twitter today and 8 yesterday (I think both Alan and I are tweeting with the #ProjComm hashtag if you want to figure out how/what it means to follow a Twitter hashtag!)  We’ve had some referrals from Facebook as well.

What pages were popular yesterday? Take a look at this image.

WedTOpPostsweek2

I’ll occasionally post stats if you are interested! If you’d like a tour of the back end of our site, ask Alan or I and we can do a hangout and show you.
Waving from Seattle

Nancy

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A resource for Group 9?

Hiya G9. After a question you posted today in the meetingwords, I saw this link and thought it might be of interest to you as you look at crowdfunding…

 

http://www.dadamac.co.uk/fast-tractor.html

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