Designing Great Infographics

Thank you again to Jacie Milius for serving as our last clinician for Next Generation Extension.  If you were unable to join us on February 12th, here is a link to the recording.

Infographics breathe life into data that would otherwise be unengaging, bland, and unimaginative by adding images, graphics, colors, and pairing it down to make it more approachable and visually pleasing for people to read and digest. Infographics evoke emotions by moving the viewer to interact with the data. Through this Next Generation Extension presentation, you will learn about the science behind infographics, how to approach designing infographics for your audience, and simple tools to get you creating immediately.

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Social Media Challenges and 4-H

While this might not be a social media challenge as it’s not trending (yet)….but I would like to issue a challenge to all of my colleagues in the 4-H area.  Here it is…..

Google has come out with an online course called Computational Thinking for Educators.  ….And, I’m challenging you to take the class before summer!

It’s free and online…so access shouldn’t be an issue for anyone.  So why this…why now….well I can tell you it’s on my personal to do list.  So, yeah, I’m challenging myself as well.  I first heard about this course from Erin Ingram, and then like red car psychology (Covey’s 7 Habits Course), I keep hearing about the course from teachers and administrators.  So, it’s time….let’s do it!  Let’s all learn how computational thinking and it’s application in the classroom can help our youth achieve bigger goals!

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Making Connections: Demonstrating Collaborations, Systems, and Complex Ideas with Interactive Tools

Thank you to those of you that joined us live on January 8th…but for those of you who were unable to join us, or those that did and just want a second look, here is the link to the video recording!

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Incrementally Closer Hour by Hour, Day by Day

Saw this picture on LinkedIn yesterday.  The contents reflect the conversations I participated in at Fall Conference….so just sharing with everyone.  We discussed how some people focus on how many years they have been in a position/location….whereas others focus on what they have accomplished, no matter where they have been housed. My perspective is that the latter is optimal….and that the latter are people that are more fun to work with! I don’t want to work with a veteran just because they have been there a long time….I want to work with the people (veteran or new person or even someone external to our organization) who can get something done!

Here’s hoping that in 2019 you “bring it” to each and every hour….filling your life with the kinds of opportunities and moments that make your life exactly what you want it to be.  Don’t just fill your hours, but use each hour/day intentionally taking one step closer to your professional goals…hour by hour, day by day incrementally closer to your professional dreams.  …Just think how far you will have traveled after one year! And if we multiply this effort by all the people in Extension…we can move mountains!

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Today’s Extension Life Hacks Webinar

Thanks for the really great feedback on today’s Extension Life Hacks webinar.  Personally I love the format of these and apparently you do too!

If you missed today’s webinar and would like to watch it, here is a link to the recording.

And here is a link to Karly’s Accountability Spreadsheet!


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Chris Pine Follows Me on Twitter!

Yep…you read that right….Chris Pine.  🙂  If you don’t know who Chris Pine is then you probably haven’t watched many movies lately.  Now while Chris Pine following me on Twitter did catch my attention, and on the surface was very flattering…it in itself really isn’t blog worthy or flattering at all….let me tell you why.

So…if you click on the Chris Pine that follows me on Twitter, it has a lovely picture of him.  And, yes, that really is Chris Pine…but again…it is very unlikely that it’s actually the Chris Pine that we all watch on the movie screen.  I don’t know Chris Pine…and quite frankly, I can’t even do a 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon to Chris Pine….so I’m 99.99% sure it’s not really Chris Pine.  Which opens up the real reason for writing this blog.

Many times the profiles that follow us on social media are not truly who they on the surface purport to be….which means that someone who doesn’t want to be identified is now following me on social media.  Now, it could just be someone who knows that I like sci-fi movies, or I’m not sure whether I will or will not like Star Trek 4 (2 strikes: loss of Pine, not following Kelvin timeline), or am interested in theoretical physics, but then again, it might not be someone who knows me at all, but rather, is trying to figure out who I am for not so positive reasons.  Just be safe, my friends, ’tis the season for cyber-stalking and apparently in the case of Chris Pine, identity theft.

And, just in case the .01% is the truth and it really is Chris Pine.  🙂 Chris, I’m so sorry that my gut instinct thought that I was being followed by a creep…I’m sure you’re probably not a creep in real life.   Chris….my advice to you would be to go back to the negotiations table on Star Trek 4.  I would like to tell myself that I will not go because it doesn’t follow the Kelvin timeline…but the truth is, I’ll be there the week that Star Trek 4 comes out whether you are in it or not, ready to “Boldly Go, Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

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You Can’t See Your Own Dirt

I’m at a national conference, and while there, I’ve met and talked with tons of people from other states and had the opportunity to talk with plenty of people from Nebraska. Last night as I was thinking about some of these conversations, I had the epiphany that “People Can’t See Their Own Dirt”….let me explain.

Within our professions we expend a great deal of energy trying to fix problems. And, we also are able to quickly identify problems. When we are transferred to another county/state/position in Extension, we quickly can assess where these problems are, and are frustrated, perhaps even dumbfounded that the previous person at that position either didn’t identify the problem or either refused or was incapable in some way of addressing the problem. And yet, as we exited our initial position we also are able to identify issues that we weren’t able to address in the time that we were there. Why is it that as human beings we always think that someone else’s dirt is in someway dirtier? Why are we incapable of realizing that while we see someone else’s dirt, we have in someway created dirt in our wake too, and left it there for someone else to clean up?

Now I hope that you realize that I’m not talking about actual dirt…but rather tasks left undone, policies that changed and yet we were unable to shift the local stakeholders into accepting/embracing, stakeholders that we just couldn’t ever bring around to the level of contribution that they were capable of, companies that could have contributed to our mission etc. We all have dirt in our wake. I’m not asking people to contact me and point out all of my dirt…believe me, I’m fully aware of most of it, I’m sure. I guess I’m just hoping that we all are able to admit that we have left dirt in our wake, and perhaps not judge the person we are following quite so harshly OR be so paranoid about the person following us identifying our dirt and calling us out on it but instead being open to having a conversation about the dirt with the person following us (not stakeholders involved).

We all have made dirt…and well we all have different strengths, talents, and dirt. Instead of pointing fingers and whining, let’s work together toward cleaning it up.

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