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The Khan Academy is a free to use educational platform which allows individuals to easily find and view lessons and lectures in a wide range of areas such as mathematics, history, finance and biology. The ultimate goal of this nonprofit organization, is to provide a freely and easily attainable education to anyone across the globe, through an open and social learning environment.

With over 2,600 educational videos in dozens of areas of interest, the Khan Academy is not only rapidly approaching this goal, but is also beginning to completely revolutionize the way people are approaching education in digital space. With continued support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Google’s Project 10^100, the Khan Academy has already begun to challenge traditional outlets for educational viewership on the web, and there is really no limit to the project’s potential.

This in depth look at the Khan Academy will cover everything you need to know to get started, and will additionally demonstrate how students of all ages are already benefiting from their time online with this system.

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Idealist.org, founded in 1995 by the nonprofit organization Action Without Borders, is an online community promoting the connection of people, organizations, opportunities, and resources to build a better world through community engagement. Now with over 6,000 job listings, 13,000+ volunteer opportunities, and over 320,000 registered users, there has never been a better time to look at what the community has to offer, especially for anyone looking to make a difference.

Need a job? Need more experience? Both of these opportunities could just be a few clicks away. If you have ever wanted an easy way to give back and get involved with your community, read on to see how you can leverage Idealist.org to get the opportunity or position that you have always wanted.
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Students and teachers have either the most simplistic or the most complex systems at their disposal when it comes learning online. Case in point: simplistic video conference solutions and elaborate Learning Management Systems. Given that the subject matter is already hard for many, trying and spending time to understanding a new tool that helps them learn is an extra burden.

They could use a solution that is somewhere in the middle. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Like always, I’m gonna take it for a test drive, would you like to join me?

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The software situation in enterprises is an unholy mess. From the top level management to employees, everyone has to be at the mercy of the feudal lords also known as system admins. Your productivity is dependant on whatever version of software they choose to impose on you. And if the software isn’t a bloatware, there is a very good chance it won’t be bought and used in production.

Document management and Intranet are two domains that receive hardly any attention at all. If you are really lucky and the company has deep pockets, you might get to use Microsoft Sharepoint – which is just about alright. But, for everyone else, it’s so good to see that web based alternatives like Papyrs are hard at work helping businesses manage information painlessly.

If you are interested in knowing how to set up and put Papyrs to use in your organization, do read on.

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The world of webapps is filled with apps designed to help you manage projects, collaborate with your team, and keep your business running smoothly. Each app seems to have only part of the functionality you’d need to keep your team connected though, so before you know it you’ll end up using a dozen apps. The worst part is, the cost of all these services together can be prohibitive.

That’s where WordPress’ P2 collaboration solution comes in. It’s a free theme for WordPress that lets your team stay in touch with Twitter or Yammer style short messages and makes a great solution for discussions or just letting everyone know what you’re working on. It was designed by the Automattic team to help them stay in touch better while developing WordPress and their other tools.

While at the core it’s still the famous WordPress blogging engine, you’ll usually never see the WordPress dashboard. You can even get it running on a WordPress.com hosted blog in seconds without messing with databases or .htaccess files. Let’s take a look at what P2 has to offer and how your team can use it to stay in touch on the cheap.

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Let’s face it: most of our lives now revolve in some way or other around the internet. Social networks are the new big thing and with people so keep to shift their lives onto the web, it’s no wonder that sites like Facebook have reached the global audience that they have today. However, there’s always ever-increasing issues regarding privacy and the somewhat ambiguous identities that people can create using these websites.

eFamily allows families to connect through the web and have their own private social network for sharing memories, photos and more. In the article, I’ll show you how to get your own social network for your family using eFamily.

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With the advent of social networks, there is a huge surge in file sharing. However, file sharing is asynchronous and is in its infancy at the top social networks. Sometimes it’s necessary to have an online space to share common photos, notes, reminders and the like.

Stixy enables us to create a simple and uncomplicated collaborative space to share files with friends, family or coworkers. You can create multiple workspaces, each with its own set of collaborators ensuring total privacy. After the jump, we’ll see how to put Stixy to use in our daily lives.

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IdeaScale is a place where a user submits an idea, others vote on the ideas submitted by others and the best idea gets bubbled up. In this way you can ensure that you are in close relationship with your customers. IdeaScale is used by all types of organizations ranging from government agencies to non-profits; essentially companies of all sizes.

We’ll take a quick peek at getting your IdeaScale community setup.

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You visit your favorite website(s) daily and you love their communities, but you feel there’s something missing. Perhaps a live chatroom? Nurph has to be the easiest and fastest way to add a simple chatroom to any website, immediately, then securely sign in with your Twitter credentials. See how simply great it is after the jump (with screencast).

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When your visitors or customers have questions, they typically contact you directly or ask their question(s) in your site forum—assuming you have one. In most situations, a forum isn’t available either.

Qhub provides a fast way to setup a customizable Q&A website in a matter of minutes. With Qhub you can eliminate repetitive questions, save your inbox and make it easier for your visitors or customers to get the answers they’re looking for. Here’s a quick how-to covering this already popular web app.

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