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August 20, 2010, Issue No. 5/2010

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In this issue: 1) DCN helps area nonprofits and not-for-profit groups catch up and keep pace with modern communication; 2) Upcoming classes (free).

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DCN News
August 20, 2010, Issue No. 5/2010
Davis Community Network

In this issue:

  1. DCN helps area nonprofits and not-for-profit groups catch up and keep pace with modern communication
  2. Upcoming classes (free)

1. DCN helps area nonprofits and not-for-profit groups catch up and keep pace with modern communication
Do you work with a nonprofit organization or group in town? Do you find yourself a little behind the curve when it comes to new technology and the Internet? Are you an individual who would just like to better understand the ever-evolving world of modern web-based communication?

DCN can help you get closer to that vision by giving you the tools of modern communication and teaching you to use them. A great first step is to take a class. Please also visit DCN's Resource Allocation Committee to find out how your nonprofit can apply for DCN's free Internet resources.

2. Upcoming classes (free)
DCN, in its commitment to public education about the Internet and its community applications and services, frequently schedules free public classes and workshops. More classes may be added to this list based on demand and instructor availability. Classes are held in the City of Davis Training Lab, 600 A Street. Check our website for class updates or subscribe to DCN News. For class registration, contact or call 750-1170. Space is limited.

Web Calendar Class
Thursday, September 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve McMahon

This class offers instruction on use of the Web Calendar, a tool also developed by DCN's Webteam. The Web Calendar can be installed on an organization's website to help promote its events and activities and can also link to a master Community Calendar hosted on DCN's site. This Community Calendar can be viewed at

Social Media Series - LinkedIn
Tuesday, September 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stewart Savage

This is part of DCN's Social Media Series. Participants will learn how to connect with colleagues using the tools in LinkedIn..

E-mail List Management with Mailman
Thursday, September 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve McMahon

A Mailman List is a very effective way for an organization to communicate with any size group -- boards of directors, project committees, memberships, supporters, or other constituents. Learn how to manage all your email lists with Mailman.

Blogging for Beginners
Tuesday, September 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bev Sykes

Do you like to write? Have you always wanted to share your thoughts about life, politics, children, wine or some other thing with the world? Then blogging is for you. What a blog IS : A blog is generally one person or a group of people’s opinion about something that interests them. There are cooking blogs, or music blogs or personal blogs that tell your day to day activities, or political blogs where someone expresses his or her opinion about the current events. Blogs are generally updated on a regular basis, whether daily or weekly or monthly–but the purpose of a blog is to be able to share your thoughts on a regular basis.What a blog IS NOT : A blog is not a website that gives information about your organization or your place of business. If you're interested in learning how to set up a blog, this is the class for you. It will cover where to put your blog on the Internet and how to dress it up with graphics and photographs. For the hands-on exercise, participants will need a Gmail account. If you do not already have one and need assistance setting one up, please arrive 15 minutes early.

SimpleSites 2.0 Website Creation
Thursday, September 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve McMahon

DCN's Webteam, led by Steve McMahon, developed SimpleSites version 2, a web tool that provides the power of a modern, interactive website in a ready-to-install template. SimpleSites, recognized for its ease of use and value to nonprofits, earned a National Grassroots Techie Award. In this class, learn to build a website using SimpleSites. Hundreds of local nonprofits have taken this class; no previous web authoring experience necessary. Examples can be seen at

SimpleSites2.0 Special Tools
Thursday, September 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve McMahon

This class introduces features and tools not covered in the SimpleSites 2.0 class. Learn how to create web forms, manage data, add blogs, maps, slide shows, videos, RSS, a Mailman subscription form, and more.

What's New On The Internet?
Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Teri Greenfield, Anne Hance, Kari Peterson

The shape of the Internet/Web window on our computer screens has changed very little but the view has changed a lot. How are such opportunities as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, blogs, Podcasts, RSS and "Cloud" computing such as GoogleDocs etc. changing our lives? Even if you personally are not using these applications are they affecting the society you live in more than you realize? We'll take a look. This class is co-sponsored by the Internet Users Group. Please note it will meet at the Davis Senior Center (646 A Street) instead of the City Training Lab, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wi-Fi is available. Bring your laptop if you wish.

Communication Strategies for Nonprofits - Look Before You Leap: Choosing the Best Communication Tools for Your Nonprofit
Thursday, October 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kari Peterson

Does your nonprofit organization want to make a greater impact, involve more people or raise more money? You can if you get better at reaching out, telling your story and getting people to notice you. This is what strategic communication is all about. There are a lot of tools out there designed to help you communicate with your various target audiences. Some are traditional (like press releases and direct mail), some are new like social media (Facebook, Twitter). What tools are best for you?

Social Media Series - Facebook
Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Teri Greenfield

This class will offer an overview of Facebook for beginners. We will also discuss issues related to privacy, and how to set limits on how personal information is shared on social networking websites. As an exercise, we will help students set up accounts on Facebook.

Wi Fi Router Class
Tuesday, October 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rob Nickerson

How to setup a wireless router, secure it, and do port forwarding.

Managing Your Brand and Keeping An Eye On The Competition
Thursday, October 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stewart Savage

Using a variety of Internet and social media tools to keep track of what people are saying about you, your business, and your competition.

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