Jim Damico, 126
T4D stands for “Technology for Development” and is a committee of PCVs that wants to help other volunteers use technology that enhances their work in Thailand. In the past, that meant creating and maintaining a huge store of knowledge in a wiki website that all Thailand volunteers have access to but also are encouraged to contribute. On the side, we do our best to help with any tech related problems folks are having.
Technology pervades almost every segment of society, even here in Thailand, we’re hoping that T4D can help expand the role technology plays in every volunteers service, either helping the the PCV directly or transferring technology knowledge to counterparts and the communities in which we live. A lot of that depends on the skills volunteers bring with them, or what skills T4D
might be able to teach.
In the immediate future, our short range plans are to finally finish moving data from the old wiki to wiki2 and transfering the PCThaiICT.org URL to wiki2 to make it easier to access. But there are a lot of things we can do to make the wiki2 even better: changes in organizational structur; new topics both professional and personal; and report usage statistics to relevant committees about their pages. Our aim is to make the wiki2 an automatic ‘go to’ site for all Thailand volunteers, not just a “oh I forgot we have a wiki2 for that information”.
Our work doesn’t stop with the wiki2 – there are listserve accounts, youtube channels, facebook groups, etc. Trying to keep it all up to date, relevant and connected is almost a fulltime job in itself.
Beyond that, we are looking at several areas to put our energies. Linzee is always looking at more ways to utilize the technology equipment already at his school like tablets and smartboards and wants to share that with other volunteers. Jim is working on web apps that could help enhance language learning but could also be used in some of the work Linzee is doing. Andrew is vital in bridging the gap between TCCS and YinD so that information can be best utilized by both sectors here in Thailand.
In the coming months, we will be looking to add several new members of the committee from group 127. Got ideas? Got some skills? You don’t have to be a “tech nerd”? We’re looking for people who see the huge potential technology can play in the work PC Thailand volunteers are trying to do and want to be on the front lines deciding which way we will go from here. We’ll be sending out a call for new committee members soon.