Each month I write a couple of articles for the CommunityNet Aotearoa Panui. I republish them over on my Learning Centre.
This month I’ve written about a realisation I’ve come to while writing Webguide 2.0, a website for community groups about making the most of current and new Internet technologies (not yet published).
Community groups almost always have certain long-standing official positions, such as President, Treasurer, Secretary, and so on. But in this modern world groups need to keep up with technology if they are to maintain connections with their pool of potential volunteers, and with their potential ‘clients’. What they need is a Technology Scout:
There’s a lot happening on, with and to the Internet. Can your community group keep up? Should you keep up? Could a Technology Scout be an answer?
I believe every community group (and perhaps every business) should have someone whose sole focus is to find out what’s going on with Internet and communications technology and to see how (and if) that could be applied in their particular circumstance. The world is moving too quickly to not monitor these things.
My suggestion is to create a new volunteer (or paid) position: Technology Scout. This person needs a willingness to learn about two things: your organisation and new technology.
They don’t need to know it all already, but they do need a decent computer, a broadband connection, and the time to explore and learn.
I’ve also written about using T9 predictive text on a cellphone. It certainly tripped me up on my first text-capable cellphone several years ago, and I know quite a few people who either don’t use texting at all, or are uncertain about using it. This article should steer them in the right direction. Predictive txt:
Older people sometimes stumble over using text messaging on cellphones. Learn about the T9 predictive text feature — it makes things easier.