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Social Work and Technology Resources

June 23, 2011

I had the pleasure of chatting online with students in Elizabeth Lightfoot‘s Social Work in Cyberspace course tonight. Liz is at the University of Minnesota and it’s been great fun to connect with her about technology in social work. Here are some resources from tonight’s chat:

  • Crowdsourced Fundraising

Donations to Help Haiti Exceed $528-Million, Chronicle Tally Finds
http://philanthropy.com/article/Donations-to-Aid-Haiti-Exce/63756/

Four Myths of Obama’s Money Machine
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/2008/07/08/four-myths-of-obama-s-money-machine.html

Kiva
http://www.kiva.org/

Grameen Foundation
http://www.grameenfoundation.org/

SmallCanBeBig.org
http://smallcanbebig.org/

  • Technology and Social Work Practice

Social Media Help Keep the Door Open to Sustained Dissent Inside Saudi Arabia
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/world/middleeast/16saudi.html

Detective’s plea puts Microsoft to work – Computer system helps track child pornographers
http://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/Detective-s-plea-puts-Microsoft-to-work-1170460.php

Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP)
http://www.nw.org/network/foreclosure/nfmcp/EHLPconsumers.asp

Information for Practice
http://ifp.nyu.edu/

  • Gaming, Virtual Worlds and Therapy

Gamer Therapy
http://gamertherapist.com/blog/gaming-and-therapy/

Virtual Connections – Exploring Social Work & Education-relationships that promote learning & growth-in a New Media World
http://njsmyth.wordpress.com/

  • Tools for Students

Remember the Milk
http://www.rememberthemilk.com

Mendeley – Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
http://www.mendeley.com/

Instapaper – A simple tool to save web pages for reading later.
http://www.instapaper.com

What would you add?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 10:20 pm

    I would add, Aunt Bertha(shameless plug), but I seriously mean it. Aunt Bertha is a human service software company that wants to make access to human service programs easy to find via the web. Basically, our crowdsourcing ideal is this. If we can get every senior BSW and every MSW in america to enter their field placement into our database,(which is always and will continue to be free for clients and social workers)… we would have the world’s first crowd-sourced human service directory that not only makes access to need-based services fast, but allows a social worker to focus relationship building instead of trying to track a food pantry in a particular neighborhood. Once again, I don’t want to make this appear unbiased, I am the community manager at Aunt Bertha, but I truly believe that we with shared decision making and ideas can make access to information easier(rant over). Let me know if you want to talk about this some more!

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    • June 23, 2011 10:31 pm

      Thanks for the resource!

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  2. June 23, 2011 10:31 pm

    Sorry folks, broken links should be fixed.

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