– 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. 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 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. 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 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 today and register.

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



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. 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 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 Jy kies ’n tyd van die dag of die week wat die nuusbrief gestuur moet word en 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.

Podcamp South Africa to be hosted in Bloemfontein – 19 April 2008

DURING November 2007 I attended the first Podcamp to be hosted in South Africa.

Podcamp Cape Town was a huge success and my greatest wish was for Podcamp to come to Bloemfontein, to the centre of South Africa.

I am proud to be able to announce that Podcamp South Africa will be held in Bloemfontein on 19 April.

A PodCamp is a usually free BarCamp-style community UnConference for new media enthusiasts and professionals, including bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, social networkers and anyone curious about new media.

The first PodCamp was held from 8 to 10 September 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. PodCamps   are now being held worldwide.

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, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.

PodcampSA is free to attend and at this stage we are looking for sponsors and people in the new media community to get involved, not only to attend, but to spread the word and lend a hand.

I was asked “why Bloem? Why not Cape Town or Johannesburg?” and my answer has always been, “Why not Bloemfontein?” We may not have the biggest new media community, but I think it is because we are not aware of each other, everybody is busy with their own thing, not knowing that there are others in Bloemfontein that could possibly assist you.

If you want to get involved please visit and register to attend this event. The new design of the website should go live soon!

People or companies who would like to help or sponsor any part of the podcamp, can send an email to

Pangea Day

In 2006 the visionary documentary filmmaker, TED Prize winner and founder of Pangea Day, spoke at the TED conference. At this conference she unveiled her wish to change the world through the power of film.

To find out more about Pangea Day I went to the website and after watching an incredibly well produced trailer. I found the following information.


Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future. In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 – Pangea Day – sites in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be video conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

I love the fact that if you have access to a venue where a screening can be arranged on the 10th of May you can submit it to the website and it will be listed. Two venues in SA will be screening the event, but I honestly hope that a venue in Bloemfontein will come forward and give their facilities for this cause. Not only will they be doing their part, but they will get quite a bit of exposure around the world. If you have a screening facility available let me know and I will assist you in setting it up.

Let’s put Bloemfontein on the map and do our part. Visit today and watch the short trailer and get involved.


The Knowledge Age (TED)

WE are living in the knowledge age and having access to information on demand is vital to the way we live and do business. Through the Internet we can now easily access knowledge we would otherwise probably never have had access too.

An example of this knowledge being shared is TED. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from these three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Each year TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. These talks are on average about 18 minutes long and are just amazing to watch. They gather to spread their ideas and share their thoughts.

Only a 1000 people are allowed to attend the event each year and a ticket is a sought after item. This year TED has put one ticket up for auction on Ebay. Amazingly in a matter of two days the bid for this single ticket has gone up to more than $30 000,00, that is just over R210 000,00. The bidding is still continuing and there is still a few days left for this auction.

But you do not have to be rich to have access to this conference. All you have to do is go to and there you can download and watch all the talks. You can even subscribe to the Video or Audio feed in iTunes and each week you will get two new talks.

This is a vital resource for educators because these videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

If you want to view some of the best talks available given by some of the world’s thought leaders and pioneers then you should go to the website today.

It has been announced that a South African version of TED will take place in Cape Town later this year, but I will keep you posted as information becomes available.



Diensverskaffers melk ons leeg

APPLE het aangekondig dat verbruikers nou flieks deur iTunes kan huur. Jy betaal basies $3,99 of R28, laai die fliek af en kyk dit.

Jy het 30 dae om die fliek te begin kyk en jy het 24uur om dit klaar te kyk nadat jy begin het.

Nadat ek dit gesien het, het ek besef dat dit ’n wonderlike diens is, maar in Suid-Afrika sal dit onbekostigbaar wees.

Die gemiddelde fliek wat jy kan aflaai, is 1,5gigabyte en in Suid-Afrika sal dit jou ongeveer R100 of meer kos vir daardie 1,5gigabyte. Tel die R30 by wat jy vir die fliek se huur betaal en dit werk jou sowat R130 per fliek uit. Dit vir ’n fliek wat jy slegs vir 24uur kan kyk. Jy kan dus nie vandag kyk en môre weer nie, jy moet dit vandag klaar kyk en dan verval dit.

Ek kon nie glo dat die klomp Amerikaners so opgewonde is oor hierdie diens as dit so duur is nie. Dit is toe wat ek gaan ondersoek instel.

Ek het na 25 van die eerste ADSL-verskaffers in Amerika wat ek kon opspoor gekyk en kon nêrens ’n beperking op die hoeveelheid data wat jy kan aflaai op enige van die bladsye kry nie.

Dit is dus vir Amerikaners maklik om ’n fliek teen R30 te huur, daar is nie werklik enige ekstra koste vir die aflaai van die fliek nie. Dit is net jou basiese internetkoste (wat jy reeds betaal het) en dan die huurkoste vir die fliek.

Ek het werklik geglo dat ons teen hierdie tyd in Suid-Afrika ons by die res van die wêreld sou aansluit en meer aanvaarbare pryse vir internettoegang sou betaal.

Dit wil my egter voorkom of die diensverskaffers hierdie goue koei wil melk tot op die bitter einde.

Ons moet maar net terugsit en dit aanvaar.

Gelukkig sal ons dit een van die dae nie agterkom nie, siende dat ons nie elektrisiteit sal hê om ons rekenaars aan te sit nie.




Paypal in South Africa

I am in the process of developing a number of websites. Two of them are about to be launched but one of the main problems at the moment is that to cover the cost of the development there needs to be a subscriber section. A section with some extras for if you want to really make use of all the features of the website.

Even though it is for very small amounts a payment system is needed. I have gone through the Internet trying to find an affordable payment system to implement. Unfortunately for some strange reason South Africans cannot receive payments through the world’s largest online payment system, Paypal. I have contacted them and asked why this is not possible. They assured me that they would love to add South Africa to their system but it has to do with laws and procedures in South Africa.

I do know that there are many tax implications etc, but all I want to do is accept payments through my websites! I found some local systems but the cost to implement them is enormous. I could not believe it. You really need to overcharge your customers to be able to afford taking their money.

I have a huge problem with this because this is actually slowing down the development and expansion of e-commerce in South Africa. Buying with Paypal is no problem; you can just register and make a payment. The way I see it this causes money to flow out of South Africa – rather than getting money into South Africa.

If companies are allowed to use the world’s largest payment system to accept payments for services online I am sure it will have a huge impact on South African companies. If someone could send me a reason we are left behind please let me know.


Podcamp in Kaapstad was Ongelooflik

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DIE afgelope naweek was dit die PodCamp in Kaapstad. Wat ’n ongelooflike ervaring. En om alles te kroon wen die Bokke toe ook.

Ek was uit die veld geslaan oor die ongelooflike sin van eenheid en gemeenskap wat ek in die Kaap ervaar het.

Die New Media-gemeenskap gesels saam, kuier saam en ondersteun mekaar geweldig. Dit het ontstaan, omdat die gemeenskap gereeld bymekaarkom om te gesels en gedagtes uit te ruil.

Ná gesprekke met van die groot name in New Media het ons besluit om ’n poging aan te wend om dieselfde soort eenheid hier in die Vrystaat te vestig deur gebruike daar ook hier te implimenteer.

Die eerste hiervan sal op 27 November wees.

’n Geruime tyd is daar elke maand op die 27ste van die maand ’n 27 Dinner.

Op hierdie aand kom almal in die New Media-gemeenskap bymekaar vir aandete.

Daar is gewoonlik ’n spreker, en indien jy die spreker wil wees, kan jy dit net aandui en jy sal die geleentheid kry.

Hierdie is ook die ideale geleentheid vir beleggers om kontak te maak met ontwikkelaars.

Jy as ontwikkelaar of ontwerper kan kontak maak met ander ontwikkelaars en so word nuwe samewerkingsgeleenthede geskep.

Die aande is gratis om by te woon en jy betaal slegs vir jou aandete. Dit vind gewoonlik in ’n restaurant plaas en daar heers ’n feestelike atmosfeer.

Indien daar iemand is wat belang stel om die geleentheid volgende maand by te woon of om die gasheer te wees kan hulle my laat weet. Ek glo vas daar kan ’n sterk gemeenskap in die Vrystaat wees. Ons moet net die eerste tree neem.


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Elektroniese nuusbriewe meer

Unwanted Gifts

EK word gereeld gevra om mense te help met die opstel van elektroniese nuusbriewe. Dit is iets wat ek ­geweldig geniet en wat my opgeval het, is die toename in hierdie ­versoeke.

Daar is vandag soveel opsies ­beskikbaar vir elektroniese nuusbriewe en van hierdie opsies is outomaties. Wanneer jy clickkliek se webblad besoek, sal jy ’n blokkie regs bo in die hoek sien waar jy jou e-posadres kan invoeg.

Elke keer wanneer ek nuwe inhoud op die webblad sit, sal daar outomaties die volgende oggend ’n nuusbrief aan almal gestuur word wat ingeteken het. Die beste hiervan is dat dit ’n gratis diens van Feedburner is. Indien jy dus ’n blog begin vir jouself of jou maatskappy sal ek dit sterk aanbeveel dat jy sommer dadelik ook by Feedburner gaan aansluit.

Skole, kerke en ander organisasies kan honderde rande spaar deur al hul lede op hul nuusbrief te laat inteken. Indien daar nuwe nuus is, kan die nuusbrief outomaties gestuur word.

Ek onthou nog die dae toe ons elke paar dae ’n omsendbrief by die skool gekry het en dan moet Ma of Pa dit teken om te bewys dat hulle dit gekry het. Die groot probleem was dat ek nooit onthou het om dit vir hulle te gee nie, maar as Ma of Pa internettoegang het, kan hulle ’n elektroniese omsendbrief ontvang. Indien jy ’n grafies ontwerpte nuusbrief wil uitstuur, kan dit werklik in enige program saamgestel word. My aanbeveling is slegs dat jy die finale produk in ’n algemeen beskikbare formaat sal plaas. Die Adobe Pdf-formaat is baie gewild en werk uitstekend.

My aanbeveling is dat jy altyd ook ’n paar gedrukte kopieë van die nuusbrief beskikbaar maak.Nico Baird is ’n direkteur van Dreamagineers Internasionaal.


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