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Cook Family Foundation Tech Talk series

Over the past several months, I’ve led a series of Tech Talks among nonprofit staff in Owosso, Michigan.

The Cook Family Foundation funded the project, and prior to each meeting the foundation shared a post about the upcoming session.

I thought I’d gather all six topics and share the links as a group here, too:

Personal learning tools
Personal learning: it’s a process
, which focused on how we manage what we see, save, search, and share. (December 2014, hosted by the Shiawassee Family YMCA)

Improve security with 3 Apps covered how to enable 2-step authentication, use a password manager, and manage mobile devices remotely. (January 2015, hosted at Safe Center)

Website and social media
Build your org online
 examined the two ways most nonprofit organizations engage online — with a website and over social media — and explored how stats can help inform where and how we engage. (March 2015, hosted by the Shiawassee Arts Center)

Infrastructure basics
Enough Technology for your Nonprofit
 covered the core systems and tools every organization needs to address: the internet, devices, applications, and data. (April 2015, hosted at The Arc Shiawassee)

Collaborative tools
Over the summer, we explored Solving Problems Together. We look at the Think-Create-Share-Comment cycle that often occurs with online content and dialogue. We tried a few tools, too. (July 2015, hosted at the DeVries Nature Conservancy)

Data and databases
Next, we’ll look at how organizations capture and used data — and databases: Got Data? Use it. “Big Data” sounds impressive, but in my experience, most organizations also benefit from a focused analysis of basic data and workflows. (October 2015, hosted by the Child Abuse and Prevention Council)

A special “Thank you!” to each of the organizations who served as a host to your colleagues for one of the Tech Talks.

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