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Heather Coleman

Love it! Sometimes we get too caught up in our technology and overthinking how to manage something, when old school methods are tried and true. Keep it simple.

Shava Nerad/Shava Suntzu in SL

I teach an organizing class for teens at MIT's Educational Studies Program ( It's a class I developed for nonprofit leadership retreats, but I love teaching it to young folks -- they light up! The class is called "How to Save the World in your Spare Time."

The class has paper handouts and uses chalk/white boards or paper pads on an easel. Although I started this practice to make the class ultimately portable (for example, teaching in a small meeting room to a group of public housing residents trying to organize their community), I have found that it is easier to customize the class to the students and to information that comes up during the class regarding specific organizing examples in *their* community.

I can prove this, but I think people take more notes from the chalkboard, too. I mean, if there are slides, you can get the slides later right? But you'll never look at them, most of the time. Taking notes *during* class reinforces the information better.

Sometimes low tech is appropriate technology!

Shava Nerad/Shava Suntzu in SL

sorry, that should have been "I can't prove this..." in my other comment...!

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