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Chicago City Data User Group - Meets Monthly
From the web site: "The Chicago City Data users group is for end users, business users, enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in how to use City Data. Our goal to promote civic engagement, innovation, and economic opportunity leveraging The City of Chicago’s data." The group host free meet-ups, usually the first Wednesday of the month, at the Microsoft headquarters in Chicago.

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City of Chicago Data Portal - map of connected orgs & places
From the web site: "Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free. This data set represents all the available details for every location. The content is updated regularly by site administrators and location managers."

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CivicGraph - map of civic tech sector
This network analysis map created by a team at Microsoft visualizes the four sectors of civic technology users. A great tool for learning who else is in the field and building potential collaborations.

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ConnectDetroit - effort to close the Digital Divide (2012 pdf)
From the report: "The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissions independent journalists to write occasional articles reviewing its grant making and program strategies. Veteran reporters examine grant documents, conduct interviews and offer their perspective on the lessons learned and impact of Knight-supported projects in stories published online and in print." This report reviews the ConnectDetroit effort.

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Connecting Anchor Communities - a Broadband Action Plan (2016
From the web site: "“Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan” was developed by the SHLB Coalition to provide ideas and actionable policy recommendations for government leaders at the federal, state, and local levels to address the broadband needs of anchor institutions. The ten policy papers highlight connectivity gaps and explain why broadband access is vital to communities nationwide.

The Broadband Action Plan is the foundation of the larger Grow2Gig+: Anchors Advance Communities Campaign, SHLB Coalition’s effort to make gigabit speeds for anchor institutions a national priority. This campaign is a call to action that brings together policymakers, educators, library and health care leaders, technology experts, and network builders to lead the way. It consists of the Broadband Action Plan and year-long efforts to promote specific policy recommendations. The SHLB Coalition hopes to stimulate further research, encourage discussion, and bring industries and sectors together to work towards the same goal."

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Digital Divide Technology Access Resources
From the web site: "Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide" in education and beyond, and explore resources that discuss how to help all students develop digital and media literacy." This list was started in 2011 and updated in 2015.

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Information technology use in metro regions - 2013 UIC white paper
This report is titled "TOWARD CONNECTED, INNOVATIVE AND RESILIENT METRO REGIONS" and is one of several white papers submitted for the 2013 UIC Forum in Chicago. This paper focuses on the levels of technology adoption in metro areas and shows a disparity between rich and poor, as well as between different cities. For those who use the Internet to share ideas, and bring people together to solve problems, this is troubling information because it show that many of the people we want to engage are not yet using the Internet in ways that would make our information useful.

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Latino Techies - Chicago
From the web site: "As the first tech network in Chicago for Latino millennials, our mission is to transform our community to see tech in a new way, not just as consumers but as creators of technology. We seek to empower Latinos in the latest tech tools to grow personally and professionally and leverage these skills to empower our communities and inspire the next generation of Latin@ techies."

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Learn to code interactively, for free.
I'd like to think youth at the Youth Service Project tech program for introducing this site to me. If you want to teach yourself to code, this is a great site to go to.

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Map a List - visualize your information on Google Map
This site offers "a wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists". Looks like a useful tool.

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Pixabay - Free images and videos you can use anywhere
This web site has a library of images that can be freely used in blogs, web sites, letters, etc.

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Pixlr - free image editing tools
Includes free web-based photo editor makes editing photos easy.

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Technology Tools list created via #CLMOOC
This is a list created by participants in the Connected Learning MOOC of 2014. It shows a wide range of technology tools that can unleash creativity of students, volunteers and staff.

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Tell a story using Story Maps
From the web site: "StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events." Here's a story created using StoryMap: https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/36b2e13a657d0dff7d3ca18e1dd0dac1/curiouscolab/index.html

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Text Animation Tool - easy to use
This site is a fun, easy tool that can be used to animate short text phrases. Put in your organization name, Twitter handle, etc. and create an image you can share on social media.

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Thimble, by Mozella Webmaker - helps everyone build web pages
From the web site: "Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript."

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Use #TAGS to understand Twitter interactions
From the web site: "TAGS is a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter."

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e-Democracy Forums
From the web site: "E-Democracy.org builds online public space in the heart of real democracy and community. Our mission is to harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy. Starting with the world's first election information website in 1994 in Minnesota, today we host over 50 local Issues Forums in 16 communities across three countries - New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition to these "online town halls," we promote civic engagement online around the world."

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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations
This blog article provides a list of tools that can be used to create visualizations and infographics.

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Amplify Social Media - Use Thunderclap
From the web site: "Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before."

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Apps and Tech Tools for NonProfits - 2016
This list on the NonProfit Tech for Good site offers a number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits. The web page says "Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the apps and tools listed below to significantly improve your web, email, social media, and visual content.

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Archive tweets, around a search term or hashtag
This article provides some tips and suggested tools to archive Twitter tweets focused on specific searches or #hashtags. Seems useful.

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Articles and How-tos on Tech Soup site
This 2011 article about Association Management Tools is just one of many articles on Tech Soup that you can use to support your organization's work.

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At-Risk web Learners: Reducing Barriers to Success
This is an article written by JoAnn T. Funk, Associate Professor, Kaplan University. It was published in eLearn Magazine. Anyone working with at-risk learners (youth or adults) would find this article to be a great discussion starter for strategic elearning planning. This is one of many resources to be found on the eLearn Magazine web site.

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Blackboard Collaborate - online, blended, and mobile learning
From the web site: "Our Learning Solutions are designed to support the educational needs of your students, faculty, and institution—both now and in the future. Cost-effective combinations of Blackboard products and services are strategically blended to provide you with the technology and support best suited to your institution’s needs. Ultimately, by delivering robust, online learning environments with flexible delivery options, your institution will deliver the accessibility that your students and faculty are looking for, while improving engagement and retention."

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