Last night I had the pleasure of joining a conversation with WOW2 over at edtech. I finally got the opportunity to speak with Sharon, Vicki, Cheryl, & Jennifer live and in real time! I've been a fan of Vicki Davis's blog (CoolCat Teacher Blog) for sometime now.
We talked about Cambodia and one of the questions was (an excellent one), what do teachers need to think about if they are doing an over the web collaborative project with a classroom in the developing world. One of my best sources is, of course, Andy Carvin's digital divide category on his blog.
The question forced me to reflect on my experience last summer. How do you optimize your media (like video and photographs) to upload quickly and take up less time (and money spent) at an Internet cafe? It isn't all about technical issues like compression, but it is also covers aesthetics -- for example, with video blogging using the technique of moment capture.
WOW2 hosts immediately made the connection to micro blogging or micro media making. How do you get students to write concisely, boil ideas down to their essence. I had mentioned the NpTech Tag Summary - and how practicing that every week makes you better at it. It made me curious about the art of mircoblogging - and how you develop the technique of saying it in 140 characters.
We also discussed personal fundraising and another excellent question. How do you know if a charity is legit? Is there a site where you can get vetted information about nonprofits you might be considering making a donation? A couple of sources:
- Guidestar where you find information about 1.7 million nonprofits, including their IRS Form 990 information.
- Allan Benamer at the Nonprofit Tech Blog recently wrote about GiveWell's reviews.
- Charity Navigator although some have pointed out some flaws in the rankings as noted by Nonprofit Online News
I just discovered a new site called "Great Nonprofits" another participatory philanthropy site. Here's the description:
GreatNonprofits is a place to find, review, and talk about great -- and perhaps also not so great -- nonprofits. You already know that reviews by other people who have gone to a restaurant or tried out a doctor are the best way to find out about the quality of those services. If you have direct experience with a nonprofit, GreatNonprofits makes it easier for you to share your knowledge so that other people can discover the great nonprofits that are out there.