Jou webtuiste kan die verskil maak

Nico Baird

ELKE week kry ek e-posse van mense wat vra wat die beste manier sal wees vir hulle om hul eie webblad en webadres te besit.

Onkunde is dikwels ’n slaggat en dit is belangrik vir mense om te weet presies wat die stappe is om te volg.
Met die hoë pryse wat ons in Suid-Afrika betaal vir bandwydte en toegang tot die internet, is dit belangrik om te weet dat daar goedkoper opsies is.

Dit is ook baie maklik om ’n groot deel van die werk self te doen en dan honderde selfs duisende rande te spaar.
Dit is werklik nie so moeilik as jy net die basiese stappe volg nie.

Indien jy natuurlik ’n unieke blad wil skep, is dit nodig om programmeerders en ontwerpers se kundigheid in te roep, maar indien jy die basiese werk klaar gedoen het, sal jy baie kan spaar. Met 2010 wat al hoe nader kom, is dit belangrik vir elke onderneming om sy ruimte op die web te hê. Vir individue is dit belangrik om by die res van die wêreld op die web aan te sluit met jou eie webtuiste.

Dit is ook belangrik om jou naam op die web te besit.In ’n vorige rubriek het ek genoem dat Amerikaners selfs nou eers kyk of ’n naam beskikbaar is op die web voordat hulle hul kinders name gee.Dit klink snaaks, maar dit is deesdae belangrik om jou identiteit op die web te besit.

Ek bied op 9 April ’n werksessie aan om jou deur hierdie stappe te help sodat jy ook jou eie webblad maklik op die web kan skep.
Ek sal ook belangrike wenke met jou deel om jou op soek­enjins soos Google te lys.

Indien jy belang stel om hierdie oggend by te woon gaan na www.dreamagineers.com vir meer inligting of om te registreer.

 

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Podcamp a first for Bfn

ANOTHER first for Bloemfontein will soon be happening in the city.

PodCamp SA, the first of its kind ever to be presented in Bloemfontein, will take the new media world by storm on 19 April.
“We are very excited about PodCamp SA and it is something that few people have experienced before,” says Mr Nico Baird, director of Dreamagineers and organiser of this unconference.

“A podcamp is an unconference. If all this makes your head explode, do not worry, it is very simple.
An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants (generally day-by-day during the course of the event) rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event.

A   podcamp is always free to attend and anyone interested in new media is invited to attend. This includes bloggers, podcasters, artists, educators, students, learners, reporters and many more.
“If you are interested in new media, you need to attend,” says Baird.

According to him, some of the biggest names in the industry like Glen Verran from The ZAShow, Dave Duarte from www.daveduarte.com and Maximillan Kaizen from maxkaizen.com have registered for PodcampSA. Kaizen and Duarte started the very popular website Huddlemind.netBaird says that contrary to popular belief, a PodCamp is not just about podcasting.

“If you are interested in blogging,   social   media,   social   networking, podcasting, video on the net, if you are a PodSafe musician (or want to be), or just someone curious about new media, then please join us – and why not bring a friend or colleague?

“There are also still numerous sponsorship   opportunities available   for   companies to help   make   this   the   best   podcamp ever and to show the world that Bloemfontein is the ideal place for such a huge event,” he says.

Anyone   who   would   like to become involved in PodcampSA or who wants more information about the event, can contact Baird on nico@clicksa.co.za

If you want to register, go to www.podcampsa.com

 

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Huddlemind.net – Great minds gather

Nico Baird

IN today’s changing world where collaboration and social networking have become vital, it is important that you do not stay behind. Huddlemind.net has just been launched and I believe that this platform will be a vital resource and collaboration space for all educators.

The website describes itself as “A network for people interested in collaborative learning, new teaching methodologies and organisational development through education.”  

Our country is faced with unbelievable challenges when it comes to education.

We need to accept that the changes which have taken place around the world will happen here and that there is no sense in trying to stick to old methodologies. I have found that even though the world is filled with digital immigrants and digital natives we are being kept back by “digital ignorants”. Those who are not willing to change and stick with what they know rather than embrace innovation. 

I believe that Huddlemind.net could be the one place where through collaboration and knowledge sharing these educators could start to take the first steps to becoming better educators. The problem with many other educational websites is that they are US or UK based and therefore we sometimes feel that it is not the way things can be done in South Africa. Huddlemind.net is local, it is South African and it is relevant.

Registration is free and once you have signed up you can join in the discussions that are already taking place or create your own discussion on topics that interest you.

Because Huddlemind.net is a social network you can build your own collaborative network of friends. You can also expand this network by forming and joining groups on various educational topics.

If you are an educator interested in new media, new learning, new teaching and staying up to date with trends and innovation in education, visit Huddlemind.net today and register.

After you have done that go to podcampsa.com and register to attend PodcampSA in April. Remember PodcampSA is free to attend.

 

Nuusbriewe

Nico Baird

EK het Saterdag met ’n groepie lede van die ATKV gesels oor hoe om die internet beter te benut in hul organisasie. Nie net was dit lekker om weer vir ’n verandering ’n draai te gaan maak in Kimberley nie, maar ek het besef hoeveel opsies daar deesdae vir mense beskikbaar is om ’n boodskap oor te dra.

Die internet het so ’n wonderlike medium geword dat ons werklik hierdie wonder van die digitale era moet aangryp en optimaal moet benut.

Nuusbriewe is nog altyd ’n effektiewe medium om nuus te versprei en om inligting maklik oor te dra aan groepe mense. In die verlede was dit egter ’n duur oefening. Drukkoste en dan posgeld het hierdie kommunikasiemedium uiters duur gemaak.

Daar is egter ’n groot aantal opsies op die web beskikbaar en die skep en verspreiding van ’n digitale nuusbrief kan vinnig en goedkoop wees. Feedburner.com is ’n gratis diens wat jy maklik aan jou blog of webblad kan verbind, en deur die regte opsies te kies kan mense op jou webblad inteken om jou nuusbrief te ontvang. Die verspreiding geskied ook outomaties sodra jy jou webblad of blog se inligting opdateer.

Die tweede opsie is ’n diens soos Nouri.sh waar jy al die name en e-posadresse van ou lede of belanghebbendes kan invoer. Jy kan dan van verskillende bronne die nodige skakels invoer op Nouri.sh. Jy kies ’n tyd van die dag of die week wat die nuusbrief gestuur moet word en Nouri.sh sal dan outomaties al die nuwe inligting van al die verskillende webbladsye wat jy gelys het, versamel en in ’n netjiese e-pos saamstel en uitstuur.

Ek het ’n akademiese / tegnologienuusbrief saamgestel wat daagliks al die nuutste inligting saamstel en uitstuur.

Indien jy belang stel om dit te ontvang, stuur net vir my ’n e-pos en jy sal dit dan daagliks kry. Jy kan ook maklik onder aan die e-pos op ’n skakel kliek indien jy nie meer die nuusbrief wil ontvang nie.

Gaan speel ’n bietjie rond, jy en jou organisasie of vereniging kan wondere verrig met só ’n nuusbrief.  Jy kan ook maklik bo aan die linkerkant van die skerm inteken op die ClickKliek nuusbrief!

 

Social networking a must for fundraisers

Nico Baird

FUNDRAISING has always been a very important part of any organisation’s daily tasks. Most charitable organisations are dependent on donations and support from the public.

In this day and age, however, it is more difficult to get the support you need. There are so many organisations bidding for the same support that you really need to do that little extra to get attention.

In the past few weeks I have been asked by organisations to help them harness the Internet to generate income. Most organisations do not have websites or even have someone around with the knowledge to utilise all the tools available.

Most of these tools are free and can generate large income if they are utilised correctly. But I think that at times it is a question of being penny wise and pound foolish.

There are a number of things that organisations can do, but I do believe that the most important is to create your own social network online. Creating a Facebook group to link to your website and also to get people to join your cause is the first step.

Please note that there are more than one social network out there and as organisation, joining more than one will be in your best interest. You will see how quickly people join your cause.

These groups grow bigger and bigger on a daily basis and as organisations you immediately have access to a large number of people who support your cause. Through the Internet and your social network platform, you can now directly and easily communicate with them and if needed mobilise them to action.

Organisations not embracing the world of social networking and new media will need to re-examine their strategies. If you want support you will need to go where the people are, and they are online all the time.