Non-Profit Organization Holds Hack-a-thons With Students Who Consider how to Help Other Non-Profit CausesI recently had the pleasure of speaking with Patrice Gans, founder and Executive Director of RHoKJr.org, about the great work that her organization does. Random Hack of Kindness Jr. runs hackathon-style events with groups of students in 4th through 8th grades, with a focus on developing ideas for apps that can help local nonprofits in their communities.
This week in the wrap … have some fun this week with Thanksgiving games from Kahoot; a great reminder that “edtech” is not about giving student devices and assuming that is going to make a difference – for technology to have an impact, it needs to be part of a larger, well planned initiative (with plenty of PD for teachers!
A great resource for staying informed about trends in education and trends in technology. Earlier this summer I attended the NYSCIO Conference in beautiful Skaneateles Falls, NY. This was the 12th year for this gathering of New York State Higher Education CIOs and other senior IT leaders. This year's session, focused on collaboration – a very worthy topic, was attended by 90 IT leaders representing 59 New York State higher education institutions.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".