Smartphone Photography Webinar

apple on a fence with a talk bubble that says Hi There

Created with PicsArt

Smartphone Photography Webinar

  • Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: (Sound will be through your speakers)
  •  For audio via telephone:
    •  Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    •  Meeting ID: 583 999 580

Have fun and learn some cool things too, at this “Hands-on” webinar. You’ll learn:

  • How photos help provide for effective communication
  • Composition techniques for photos
  • How to use the FREE SnapSeed app (works on iPhones, iPad and Android) to edit photos  (Please download SnapSeed BEFORE the webinar) and do such things as
    • Improve the white balance / lighting with just one adjustment.
    • Turn a blah photo into brilliant, including suggested settings for tuning the photo
    • Add text to photos
    • Create a vignette to blot out extraneous outer material
    • Use filters to change the mood of your photo.
    • Literally “rub” someone or something out of a photo.
  • How to have fun with your photos using the FREE PicsArt app (works on both iPhones and Android) Please download PicsArt BEFORE the webinar.

Here are some  “before” and “after” photos edited with SnapSeed:

After the webinar, you are likely to become addicted to PicsArt and turn ordinary photos into such abstract art creations as this photo of a baby goat by my friend Laura.



Photo of Alice “enhanced” in PicsArt

The webinar is presented by Extension Educator Alice Henneman who uses photos to help promote Extension programming and would like to help you do the same.




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Getting Ready to do some Video Work?

Recently several educators have contacted me as they are getting ready to do some video work.  So whether you are working on developing a vlog, videos to incorporate in an online course, or simply want to put together a video marketing piece that plays at the beginning of your face-to-face workshops to help people better understand the breadth/depth/mission of Nebraska Extension….here’s a resource you can use.

The big question has always been….what do I need to do at the beginning and end of the videos?  How can I get the Nebraska Extension look and feel to my videos?  And, how can I brand my videos?

Well, thanks to Mike Riese, we now have those pieces!

It’s as easy as checking them out and downloading the one(s) you would like to use!


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UNL Email Signature Generator

Cursor_and_Email_Signature_Generator___University_Communication___University_of_Nebraska–Lincoln.pngDid you know that there is an email signature generator? I learned about it a couple of weeks ago, but I finally updated my email signature this morning. It is super easy to use, and you are able to customize the signature if you would like.

Create your own email signature at

Read more about the new service that generates Nebraska-branded email signatures. It also includes helpful instructions on how to add it to Outlook.

I wanted to pass along the information just in case you have not seen this email signature generator yet. Have a great day!

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Link to today’s webinar.

Mike Reise is the presenter.  If you have questions, please contact Mike at

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Nebraska Consumer Beliefs About Our Food Supply Webinar


Everyone eats! 

Whether Extension does programming in the areas of Food, Nutrition and Health; Agriculture; Learning Child; Horticulture, 4-H/youth; or Community Vitality programs, everyone we work with eats. Clientele may also influence what others eat through producing food, preparing food safely, starting a food-related business and helping children develop positive eating patterns.

Importance of Increasing Consumer Confidence in the Food Supply


Learning how to make informed food decisions will benefit Nebraskan’s personal health and finances. 

Ninety-eight percent of U.S. consumers have been two generations removed from production agriculture. These consumers are faced with many food decisions based on growing practices, preparation, convenience and economic factors and seek out information on making those decisions. Current food trends suggest there are some misrepresentations of the food system leading to skepticism and decreased consumer confidence in the food system.

NEW! UNL Bureau of Sociological Research Consumer Food Belief Data


1,208 Nebraskans statewide reported on their beliefs about emerging food issues.

Collaborating with the UNL Bureau of Sociological Research Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS), statewide survey data was collected from 1,208 individuals to learn how Nebraskans think and feel about important emerging food Issues.

Nebraska Extension’s  Increasing Consumer Confidence in Food issue team — consisting of agricultural, horticultural, 4-H, and family and consumer science staff — is using this data and working on food confidence issues from farm gate to consumer plate.

Topics covered in the survey included: AllergensAdditivesAntibioticsGluten-FreeFood-borne IllnessNutritionChemicals,  PesticidesLocally GrownOrganic, Genetically Engineered Foods, Bacteria, Humanely Raised.

Attend the Webinar and Discover How YOU Might Use this Data!


Extension Educator Rob Eirich will present the webinar.

Rob Eirich, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator and Director of the Beef Quality Assurance Program, will share highlights of the NASIS survey food questions and they might be helpful to everyone in the Nebraska Extension System.

Topic: Next Generation Extension:  Consumer Beliefs about our Food Supply

  • Time: Apr 11, 2017 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Or Telephone:

        Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 583 999 580
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How to Create FREE Google Feedback Forms


This blog post will lead you through the steps for creating this form.

How do Google, Amazon and Microsoft obtain simple information whether their webpages are helpful?

They ask a simple question: Was this information helpful? In a similar form I’m going to show you how to make, I’ve added a “comments” section.

You can create a separate Google form for each article or simply use the same coding you create the first time for each article.

After much experimentation with getting basic feedback from webpages, I’ve found using an embedded form where people can see the total question, including the “submit” button is the most effective for me. Among the available possibilities for developing feedback forms, Google Forms is easy to use, and is FREE!

The form on the right is the one I’m using on webpages and blogs. I used a form like this on my blog to get data for my annual report. Our Issue Team is also using this form to gather web data across several platforms to aggregate.This blog post gives information on how to create a basic form just like this. 

Read on for step-by-step illustrated directions for:

  1. Creating a Google form
  2. Embedding the form on your webpage or blog
  3. Collecting data from the form into a spreadsheet

Continue reading

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We Think, Therefore We Can

Okay…that might not quite be Descartes philosophical saying….but I think in today’s age of globalization and the scientific process it might be just as applicable.  More to the point Descartes line was in Latin….but the translation is “I Think, Therefore I Am”.  To a fuller extent, he meant, “we cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt”.

I believe that in today’s global society, We Think Therefore We Can, is a succinct phrase meaning if you can think through the process, product or activity, chances are you can also use research & collaborate to use that process, product, or activity to innovate, make and create something great!

Yesterday I read an article that was talking about careers and why STEM Careers were so important.  The author suggested that when thinking about a STEM career to pursue you ask yourself three questions: 1) Can that task be performed overseas cheaper? 2) Is that task highly repetitive and can it be performed by a computer (or robot) faster (than I can)? and 3) Is that task something that will be in demand during economies of plenty? All three are great questions…and more to the point, I realized that what the author was really talking about was the brains amazing ability to think through the scientific process quickly…determining at lightening speed the nuances that effect every decision….and taking those nuances into account when making decisions.

Yesterday, when I spoke with the LEAD group, I mentioned the importance that we teach our kids that the “big” hairy, audacious questions in life have multiple “right” answers.  My point is that if there is only one answer, one process, one formula etc, let a computer or robot do it!  Our forte as human beings is in the ability to evaluate multiple answers to determine what the right one is in the specific circumstance, and to be cognizant of the reality that two people in the same circumstance might analyze the nuances differently and come up with different “right” answers….but as collaborators we have the ability to collectively analyze a situation to determine where “Win-Win” exists.

That ability to recognize the nuances effecting a situation is not something easily programmed into a computer or robot.  I have participated in more than one computer programming class that talked about how housekeeping would likely never be something we could program a robot to perform….why?….well because while we could program a robot to vacuum, or do dishes, or sweep, it becomes incredibly hard when you are programming a robot to do all of those tasks and to determine what needs done first or most immediately, and how to adapt the same task, such as dusting, quickly to different surfaces in your home.  ….This whole thought process had me mind mapping the nuances that effect positive youth development..and the interplay between nuances…the map got more than a little messy with all of those nuances.  A great thing for a long career in positive youth development!

All this leaves me thinking that we have a lot of brain power in Nebraska!  And, within Nebraska Extension.  The ability to recognize the issues that are at the top of the list with Nebraskans.  The ability to put together dynamic multidisciplinary teams to actually start thinking through the process of how to address these issues, and where the “Win-Win” exists.  And the multidisciplinary nature that allows us to network and collaborate with those individuals outside of Nebraska Extension that can help us really make a difference for Nebraskans. And, as sentient beings, we have the ability to make subtle course corrections thousands/millions of time a day.

Come on Nebraska Extension….be enablers and collaborators!  Help Nebraskans create something great!!!!

We Think, Therefore, We Can!

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