Do you know where the name March of Dimes comes from? According to the March of Dimes web site, in 1938 FDR created the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to fund research for a vaccine for polio. A comedian named Eddie Cantor asked his radio listeners to send their dimes directly to the White House and created the phrase March of Dimes. The Foundation changed its name to March of Dimes in 1979.
Almost 60 years later the March of Dimes has changed their focus from children with polio to premature births. (1 in 8 babies born in the US are premature). Now they collect dimes to fund research and public education about prematurity.
Recently, they launched a new campaign called, "Be a Coin Star!" Supporters are asked to take a photo of where they keep their change and upload it to the Be a Coin Star Flickr group. Starting October 24th at 3 PM the photo with the most votes will be the daily Coin Star winner and highlighted on their web site.
There aren't too many photos up yet so if you have your coins stored in a fun container, take a photo and send it to their group. Give 'em a little Flickr love.
You can also hear Adam on the NetSquared Conference panel, "Hey, Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone: The Decentralization of Expertise and the Creation of Community Knowledge Bases," on the NetSquared podcast.
The NPTech Tag Stream swept in just over a hundred items this week, including a link to the Newspaper Clipping Generator and this story about an executive director who can chop a stack of bricks with his bare hands. Couldn't resist putting them together. Now, onto more serious topics.
They are having a digital photography contest on Flickr. They are looking for beautiful nature photography representing the diversity of life on Earth. Your own, original images of our lands, waters, plants, animals and people in nature are all eligible for the competition.
From my office in the Boston, I teleported myself into the Virtual World of Second Life and headed straight for the New Media Consortium virtual campus where I joined about 50 other avatars representing educators from all over the world (even Austrailia where it was 3:00 a.m. local time). I also had a web browser window open so I could watch the videocast of event. While the speakers were talking, the avatars in Second Life were carrying on a lively debate in chat about the points raised, suggesting questions to be asked in the room in New York City, and passing along urls/resources related to the discussion at hand.
Deadline for Proposals: Friday at 5:00 PM EST, November 17, 2006
At the Gathering of Community Digital Storytellers (see blog at http://communitydigitalstorytellers.blogspot.com/) in June of 2006, more than forty digital storytelling facilitators from a wide range of communities across the country came together at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Participants connected with one another; and shared teaching methods, organizing strategies, and approaches to distribution. Participants also began to identify ways to form collaborative efforts to take this important work to the next level of impact. This event was sponsored by MassIMPACT, Creative Narrations, and the Center for Digital Storytelling.
Join the TechSoup Community, November 1-3, for a free, three-day online event about wikis.
The event will be hosted by Adam Frey of Wikispaces and other wiki experts and designers. They will answer questions like: What is a wiki? How do wikis work? How would my nonprofit use a wiki? How do I build or energize a community around a wiki?
You don't need to register. Just show up November 1-3 on the event's forum and participate. If you have any questions beforehand, you can either post them in the forum or email Susan Tenby, Tech Soup's Community Manager, at susan AT techsoup DOT org.