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Paper presented at the Literacy and Leadership Symposium, October 2009, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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How  technology can enhance the non-profit organization: What it can do for you and how to make it happen How technology can enhance the non-profit organization: What it can do for you and how to make it happen Presentation Transcript

  • How technology can enhance the non-profit organization: What it can do for you and how to make it happen Literacy & Learning Symposium 2009 "Inspiring Leadership". Red Deer, October 21-24, 2009 by Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton
  • Main points Introduction Activity #1 Computers for non-profits Free resources to make your life easier New opportunities through video-conferencing Activity #2 Conclusions
  • Introductions Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton educator, researcher, international speaker, author, consultant dedicates her professional life to working with educational leaders to help them advance their organizations
  • Task #1 - Dream a little Work in groups of 2-3. Make sure you include at least one new person. Please take notes. Discuss the following questions (15 mins.): What is your current situation for technology in your organization? What is working? What could make it work better? In an ideal world, how would technology help you?
  • Computers for non-profits www.era.ca - Electronic Recycling Association http://www.education.gov.ab.ca/cfs/about.asp - Computers for Schools (10% of computers go to non-profits.)
  • Free resources to make your life easier Techsoup.org - “the technology place for non- profits” - http://home.techsoup.org/pages/ default.aspx www.freebyte.com - A page with lots of resources for free tech stuff - hardware and software.
  • Free resources to make your life easier www.openoffice.org - Free, reliable, office software for PC O/S. Includes word processing, presentations & spreadsheets. www.avg.com - Free anti-virus software. www.primopdf.com - Free .pdf maker. Keeps your files secure. www.skype.com - Reduce your long distance bill with this free VOIP system.
  • Free resources to make your life easier Reduce your long-distance bill Have a voice call or a video call Use it at home or at the office Add Skype to an iPhone
  • New opportunities through video-conferencing Interactive meetings, PD sessions and learning opportunities. Geographical boundaries dissolve.
  • New opportunities through video-conferencing www.iccan.ca The Innovative Communities Connecting and Networking (iCCAN) project is harnessing the power of the SuperNet and videoconferencing to enable lifelong learning and collaboration among Alberta's not-for-profit organizations, including adult learning and literacy groups. iCCAN aims to create videoconferencing capability in at least 180 new sites across Alberta. This includes both desktop capability and life-sized equipment. The three partners behind iCCAN are Community Learning Network, Literacy Alberta and Volunteer Alberta. Funding from Advanced Education and Technology's Access to the Future Fund makes this project possible.
  • Activity #2 - What to do next? In the same groups as before, reflect on today’s session: What did you learn? What helped you the most? What will you do next? How will you do it?
  • Conclusions Non-profit organizations need up-to-date technology in order to better serve their clients, and to connect with other professionals and for PD. Resources exist to help non-profits acquire technology at reduced costs or for free. The iCCAN project is linking non-profits throughout Alberta.
  • Contact information Sarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D. Founder and President, Eaton International Consulting Inc. (www.eatonintl.com) Adult Education Manager, iCCAN project (www.iccan.ca) Tel: 1. 403. 390. 3999 e-mail: sarahelaineeaton@gmail.com