Ytech project trained 257 youth in digital media

The YMCA of Greater Seattle has wrapped up a  2009 Tech Matching Fund grant.  With $19K in city funds and over $28k in matching contributions, the Y trained 257 youth in middle and high school using a moblie lab.   The youth gained skills in online safety, Internet research, digital photography, video production, media literacy, effective… [ Keep reading ]

Federal Funding for South Park Bridge comes thru!

Federal TIGER funds to replace the South Park bridge were just announced. See the King County news announcement from King Cty Exec Dow Constantine with Sen. Patty Murray. The bridge won’t be finished until late 2013. Efforts underway to market local businesses online are still critical to helping keep the… [ Keep reading ]

Learn more about net neutrality

While scouring the internet looking for new online tools to help neighborhood groups build community, I’ve come across the term “Net Neutrality” fairly often.  It took me a bit of research to figure out why Net Neutrality is so important.  Have you ever wondered what the term “Net Neutrality” really… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Still Needs Public Access Television

The City of Seattle faces difficult budget decisions for 2011-12. Given all the budget pressure, can we still afford to subsidize public access television? The answer is yes, but given the significant changes in video and Internet technology, we should be able to do so less expensively than in the past, and with a competitively awarded contract. We need to look for a broader range of support rather than just a subsidy from Seattle’s cable television subscribers.

Local group receives stimulus funds

  Congratulations to the Communities Connect Network (CCN)/EdLab Group for receiving a $4.1 million public computing center grant from the Department of Commerce NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), as part of the federal stimulus funding.  The grant will increase access to technology and essential services, develop job skills, and… [ Keep reading ]

Public Computing BTOP grant awarded

The Communities Connect Network (CCN)/EdLab Group has been awarded a $4.1 million public computing center grant from the Department of Commerce NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), as part of the federal stimulus funding. Residents in Seattle and across Washington State will benefit from today’s joint announcement by the Department… [ Keep reading ]

Using wikis for online community building

Netsquared, an initiative of Techsoup Global, hosted a session earlier this year called “How Nonprofits Can Use Wikis + Online Community Building.”  You can view a video of the session’s three wiki-experts here and learn about this simple collaborative tool. One quote from the Adam Frey, the co-creator of Wikispaces,… [ Keep reading ]

New WordPress “Tweet Button” Available!

WordPress has added an “Official Tweet Button” for all WordPress.com blogs!  It’s a really exciting feature that allows your readers to easily tweet a link to your blog post. To add the button to your blog, go to Appearance > Extras menu and select the Show a Twitter Tweet Button… [ Keep reading ]

Idealware’s Social Media decision guide

Idealware, a nonprofit dedicated to helping nonprofits make smarter decisions, has created a guide to help nonprofits learn how to use social networking tools.  From their website: Social media can be useful to your organization… but how useful?  For what?  What tangible results are people seeing from it?  Created in… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor/Council announce $300k in community tech awards

Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council jointly announced today that 24 Seattle community organizations will receive a total of $300,000 in Technology Matching Fund grants to promote access, job skills, education, and civic engagement.  See the press release about these great community projects with links to a map and… [ Keep reading ]