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=Workshop Activities=
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''Learn to use the internet to become more informed and involved with your community.''
Do steps one and twoThen, as a group, work through the remaining activities, focusing on those of the most interest to group members.
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===Issues Forums===
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Forums allow users to share opinions and discuss issuesThey typically feature multiple discussions occurring simultaneously in different threads.
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* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-issues St. Paul Issues Forum]
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===Social Networking===
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Users create a profile, connect with other users and join groups.
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* [http://www.facebook.com Facebook]
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* [http://www.myspace.com Myspace]
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===Blogs===
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Blogs are simple websites that consist of posts arranged chronologically.  While you can do just about anything with a blog, they are frequently used for sharing opinions or reporting on events.  They are easy to start and run, and with interesting content they can be very successful.
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* ''The following are user submitted:''
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* [http://ccmusings.blogspot.com/ Capitol City Musings]
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* [http://blogs.twincities.com/city_hall_scoop/ The City Hall Scoop]
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* [http://centrisity.blogspot.com/ Centrisity blog]
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* [http://www.stpaulrealestateblog.com/ St. Paul Real Estate Blog]
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* [http://adamseslpage.wordpress.com/ Adam's Page]
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* [http://radiofreenation.blogspot.com Independent Digital Talk Radio podcast]
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* [http://ademocracy.blogspot.com/ A Democracy]
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* [http://www.mnblue.com/ MN Blue]
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===Citizen Journalism===
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Citizen Journalism is the practice of community members reporting on issues or events they find interesting, often as an independent or more locally-focused alternative to existing news outlets.
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* [http://www.communityreporter.org/ Community Reporter]
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* [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net TC Daily Planet]
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* [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/northeast Northeast Beat]
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* [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/new-minnesotans New Minnesotans Blog]
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* [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/calendar Community Calendar]
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* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-announce St. Paul Announcements Forum]
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===Government/Government-Related===
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There is a tremendous amount of information produced by and about governments, and much of this information is now available online.  (Unfortunately, much of it is difficult to find)
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* [http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/resources “insanely useful Web sites”] for government transparency
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* [http://www.stpaul.gov/ The City of St. Paul Web Site]
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* [http://www.leg.mn/ MN Legislature]
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* [http://www.spps.org St. Paul Public Schools] -The following were suggested by Anne Carroll
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** Board meetings, agendas, and contact info is at http://www.spps.org/Board_of_Education.html
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** A great source is the Data Center at http://datacenter.spps.org/, which has an enormous amount of useful information on students, schools, performance, etc., originating from both school district and state sources.
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** I also use this page for info on policies, procedures, and exhibits: http://www.spps.org/POLICIES_AND_RELATED_PROCEDURES_EXHIBITS.
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** And the business office provides tons of budget info at http://www.businessoffice.spps.org/BudgetReport.html as well as other useful information at http://www.businessoffice.spps.org.
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===Wikis===
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Wikis are websites that anyone can edit, such as [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia].  Using a wiki, it is fairly simple to create a community-built reference site, or to collaborate on a group project.
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* [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Citizens_Guide_to_St._Paul Citizens' Guide to St. Paul]
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===Local Portals===
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Some neighborhood organizations and block clubs are now moving online.
  
# '''Email'''
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* [http://gfcdc.blogspot.com/ Greater Frogtown CDC]
** If you don't have web-accessible email, sign up for a Gmail account.
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* [http://www.hamlinemidwaycoalition.org/ Hamline-Midway district council web site]
#'''Groups'''
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* [http://www.RiverviewList.org Riverview List]
** Everyone should sign up for a group on Google or Yahoo groups and make a test post or two. If there is a large audience, you can form groups of two or three people.  If you are forming smaller groups, make sure at least two of the group members have access to email.
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** ''My block club very recently assembled a combination free site, craigslist, and community bulletin board to serve our West Side bluff neighborhood. It's quite simple and flexibleMy block club is independent of the District Council, so we don't have to worry about the commercial aspect.'' -Guy Western
# '''Docs'''
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## Make sure at least two members of the group have access to Google Docs.
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## Have one member of the group create a document entitled "E-Democracy" (feel free to experiment with different document types).  Once on the Google Docs page, this can be accomplished by clicking on the "New" button on the left side of the page and selecting the document type.
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## Write something on the document (Just writing your name is fine).  Experiment with different colors and fonts.
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## Share the document with someone else in your group via email.  Have them add something to the document from their own computer.
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## Note that the document automatically saves itself, and that you can revert to previously saved versions.
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# '''Calendar'''
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## Make sure at least two members of the group have access to Google Calendar.
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## Have one group member create a Calendar entitled "E-Democracy." Once on the Calendars page, this can be accomplished by clicking on "Add" on the left side of the screen, then selecting create new calendar.  Share the calendar with a second member of the group.
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## Add an event to the calendar.
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## Have the second group member go to the Google Calendar page from their computer and add the shared calendar.
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## Use the colored triangle next to the calendar name in the blue box on the left side of the screen to explore calendar settings
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# '''Map'''
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## Go to the Google Maps page.  Note that you do not have to be logged in to view and search.
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## Have one member of the group search for their address.
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## Now type "Rondo Community Outreach Library" into the search box.  Click on the correct search result.
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## A balloon should pop up.  Click on "Street View" ''on the balloon.''
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## After exploring Street View, close the balloon, then click on the "Street View" button to turn off Street View mode.
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## Explore the other buttons ("Terrain," "Satellite," "Map," "Traffic").
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## Zoom in on Rondo Library, then click and drag on the map (not on an icon) to move around.
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## Have one member of your group go to "My Maps" and create a new map.
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## Play with the "Placemark," "Line" and "Shape" buttons.
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## Use the "Collaborate" function to share the map with a second group member.
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## Have the second group member log in and edit the map.
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## If there is a third member, use the "Link to this page" function to allow them to view the map without being able to edit it.  Note the "embed" code provided with the link, which can be used to embed a map in an HTML-based webpage.
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=Tools=
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===Build Your Own===
==Email==
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You can replicate many of these tools yourself using free tools available online.
===[http://mail.google.com/mail?hl=en&utm_source=en-et-more&utm_medium=et&utm_campaign=en Gmail]===
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# Discussion Group
==Groups==
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## [http://groups.yahoo.com/ Yahoo Groups]
===[http://groups.google.com/ Google Groups]===
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## [http://groups.google.com/ Google Groups]
===[http://groups.yahoo.com/ Yahoo Groups]===
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# Social Network
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## [http://www.ning.com Ning]
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# Blog
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## [http://www.blogger.com Blogger]
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## [http://www.wordpress.com Wordpress]
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# Wikis, for collaboration or reference(See [[Outreach tools]] page)
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# Complete site
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## [http://www.drupal.org Drupal]
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====Online Media====
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# [[Podcasting]]
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# Photo hosting
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## [http://www.flickr.com Flickr]
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## [http://www.Picasa.com Picasa]
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# Video hosting
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## [http://www.youtube.com Youtube]
  
==Productivity==
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====See Also====
===[http://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=writely&hl=en&passive=true&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2F&ltmpl=WR_tmp_2_lfty&nui=1&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-et-more&utm_medium=more Docs]===
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* [[Community Involvement]]
===[http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/index.html Apps]===
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* [[Outreach tools]]
===[http://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=cl&passive=true&nui=1&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fcalendar%2Frender%3Fhl%3Den&hl=en&utm_source=en-more&utm_medium=more&utm_campaign=en Calendar]===
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==Mapping==
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===[http://maps.google.com/ Maps]===
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Latest revision as of 23:23, 7 July 2008

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Rondo Workshop Schedule -- A schedule of Monday night workshops at Rondo Library presented by St. Paul E-Democracy.

Learn to use the internet to become more informed and involved with your community.


Issues Forums

Forums allow users to share opinions and discuss issues. They typically feature multiple discussions occurring simultaneously in different threads.

Social Networking

Users create a profile, connect with other users and join groups.

Blogs

Blogs are simple websites that consist of posts arranged chronologically. While you can do just about anything with a blog, they are frequently used for sharing opinions or reporting on events. They are easy to start and run, and with interesting content they can be very successful.

Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism is the practice of community members reporting on issues or events they find interesting, often as an independent or more locally-focused alternative to existing news outlets.

Government/Government-Related

There is a tremendous amount of information produced by and about governments, and much of this information is now available online. (Unfortunately, much of it is difficult to find)

Wikis

Wikis are websites that anyone can edit, such as Wikipedia. Using a wiki, it is fairly simple to create a community-built reference site, or to collaborate on a group project.

Local Portals

Some neighborhood organizations and block clubs are now moving online.

  • Greater Frogtown CDC
  • Hamline-Midway district council web site
  • Riverview List
    • My block club very recently assembled a combination free site, craigslist, and community bulletin board to serve our West Side bluff neighborhood. It's quite simple and flexible. My block club is independent of the District Council, so we don't have to worry about the commercial aspect. -Guy Western

Build Your Own

You can replicate many of these tools yourself using free tools available online.

  1. Discussion Group
    1. Yahoo Groups
    2. Google Groups
  2. Social Network
    1. Ning
  3. Blog
    1. Blogger
    2. Wordpress
  4. Wikis, for collaboration or reference(See Outreach tools page)
  5. Complete site
    1. Drupal

Online Media

  1. Podcasting
  2. Photo hosting
    1. Flickr
    2. Picasa
  3. Video hosting
    1. Youtube

See Also

 

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