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WHAT’S NEW We Want Your Good Ideas


“Crowdsourcing” has come to Scouting in the form of a new best- practices feature available online at myscouting.org. The Best Practices Portal makes it easy for any regis- tered adult Scouter to contribute good ideas and see them spread throughout the organization. The new Web feature was devised


by Dr. Robert Sadock, Northeast Region marketing chairman and lead volunteer on the project. “One thing Scouting is not short on is ideas and initiatives,” Sadock says. “And people are very proud of them, from recruitment to advancement to fundraising.” Any registered volunteer with a


MyScouting account and a current member- ship ID can post worthwhile ideas. Similarly, they can do a Google-type search for practices that have worked well in other parts of the country. Sadock believes that this kind of sharing will result in less “reinventing the wheel” and quicker assimilation of innovative ideas. To post on the site, you’ll sign a waiver acknowledging that the ideas are not created by, or


approved by, BSA corporate leaders. However, as contributions to the site increase, the national office may grant “Gold Seal” approval to ideas that have been vetted and proven effective. And when using the site, you can rate ideas on a scale of one to five stars and add comments. Over time, Sadock says, “the cream will rise to the top,” and some five-star ideas will earn the coveted “Gold Seal.” “We have so many people who come up with ideas and try them out on the local level,” he


says. “Now we have a mechanism by which a great idea from Wisconsin can easily be shared with someone in New York.”


TREK TECH


Crack the Code Students and users of Morse code, rejoice! Now there’s an iPhone app—called Morse Code—that helps you learn, translate, interpret, and convert Morse code. Just type some text and watch and listen as it’s encoded. Or, type in some Morse code (the app has the full Morse alphabet) and see it rendered as English. Using the iPhone’s built-in microphone, you can also record Morse code and see it decoded in real time. Ninety- nine cents at the App Store, itunes.apple.com.


SEAN KANE


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