Google Phone

Austin Duerfeldt will serve as the clinician in helping us understand how to use one phone with two phone numbers!  You’ll be able to designate one phone number for personal use and one phone number for business, …having both ring into the same cell phone.

Join us on January 9 at 10:00 CT for this awesome webinar. (Sound will be through your speakers)


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Extension Life Hacks Webinar

Here’s a link to the Extension Life Hacks webinar held earlier today.

And, here is a link to my Decision Tree for “What is my Yes!”.

We discussed the value of having Next Generation Extension host the Extension Life Hacks webinar, and utilize the fast-paced webinar format….and it’s a hit.  Look for another Extension Life Hacks webinar next winter!

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Extension Life Hacks

If you’re new to the Extension system or even if you have been around for a while….Extension Life Hacks is just for you.  Join Next Generation Extension on Tuesday December 12th for a webinar consisting of a series of quick hacks that are relevant to us and the work that we do.  Each presenter will have five minutes to present an Extension life hack that uses what you have on hand in your office to be more efficient, more effective, and to save time so you can be where you need to be.  In other words, these Extension life hacks will be quick tips that you can apply starting as soon as you get off of the webinar.

Here’s the Extension Life Hack clinician/topic lineup:

  • John Porter – The Do’s and Don’ts of Automating Social Media Postings to Increase Efficiency
  • Deb Weitzenkamp – Email to Text (AKA Bridging the Communication Device Gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials)
  • Lisa Kaslon – Color Coding of Outlook Calendars
  • Leah Gremm – How Your Office Mates Can Help You Deal with Q4 Peeps
  • Alice Henneman – Showing Videos on Zoom
  • Sarah Roberts – Knowing When to Say “No”

 How to access the webinar

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00 am to 11 am, Central Time
 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: (Sound will be through your speakers)

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Thankful for Moments of Pause

I realize that title may be somewhat misleading…but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m extremely thankful for those moments that you have an opportunity to pause and really enjoy life.  And more specifically those times when you have a chance to self-reflect and evaluate, embrace affirmation, or if necessary, make a course correction.

I just took my car and ran an errand downtown to share some 4-H curriculum with a local volunteer.  Anyway, when I got back in my car, I swung around the block which took me down the main street through town.  What gave me pause was that in the distance I saw something running around on the street.  As I drove toward it, I evaluated and figured out, that yes, indeed, it was a rooster. 🙂  Not just any old rooster but a young, Welsummer (at least I think so) rooster.  Gathered around the rooster were several senior citizens that were trying to herd the rooster into a large dog kennel.  They knew that for the rooster to remain on the main street of town was well…not going to end well for the rooster.  So, they gingerly were herding the rooster. I watched as one elderly man used his cane to poke toward the rooster to ineffectually herd it toward the dog kennel.  The point of my observation.  In that moment I remembered an event at our poultry show when several young 4-Hers were trying to catch a nimble chicken.  Interestingly enough I realized in that moment that the elderly trying to catch the rooster had experience with poultry…as they had assumed the same stance (as best they could) that the young 4-Hers who were successful chicken catchers used and they were just quietly and persistently going about the task.  Temple Grandin would be proud of both the 4-Hers and the elderly rooster herders.  No one was running straight at the bird, which would scare it immensely, and put it in even greater danger.

My reflection….yes, we are providing our youth with the same hands-on experience that perhaps one day they would once again call upon or better yet, apply to every aspect of their lives.  …Persistence (grit), and the English saying “Stay Calm and Carry On”, and to always give the best care possible to all animals in any environment.  My other reflection…not everything has to go perfectly on script for excellent opportunities for learning to occur.  Just “stay calm and carry on.”

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Extension Partnerships & Sponsorships

Kathleen Lodl presented a webinar yesterday on Extension Partnerships & Sponsorships.  It was very informative…but some of you may not have been able to attend.  So, here is a link to the webinar.  Enjoy!

Feel free to provide us some feedback.

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IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed

There was a great “article” in the Chronicle of Higher Education this morning.  I say “article” because the “article” essentially is an embedded video on their website.  🙂  Anyway, in this “article” Goldie Blumenstyk is interviewing Marty Ringle, chief information officer at Reed College and a founder and former chair of Educause. You can watch the entire video by clicking the article link.

…{Pause for you to go watch the video.}

I have to say that I really get what Marty is saying….particularly the part about not worrying so much about the non-tech adopters.  And, I totally agree as well that a while back I would have said differently.  I too spent many years trying to get non-tech users to adopt new technologies….any technology.  But, now I realize that there are plenty of technology enhanced educational projects to involve myself in (and to satiate my technology addicted lifestyle) if I just focus on those individuals who are excited about technology and just need a little help getting there.  🙂

I also agree that I’ve decided that technology adoption isn’t a generational thing.  I know several millennials who are opposed to social media!  Never thought I would have found one of those…but yet, they exist! I do admit though that while witnessing the phenomena, I do find it a bit of a curiosity (…because I don’t understand it).  I also think this phenomena would be an interesting social behaviorial study…..  Saying no to social media in an over dosed social media world….How do these individuals maintain their social connections?  How do they network? How do they find out about current events?  Why have they chosen this lifestyle?  #OMG…how do they live? {sarcasm}  Think about it a bit….isn’t this exactly what others have said about families who chose not to use electricity?

Maybe I’m just thinking too much about the latest technological revolution. Any time a new technology….electricity, the automobile, indoor plumbing, comes along, there are always a few early adopters, then a large number (majority) adopters, then late adopters, and a few holdouts who will never adopt. These holdouts have probably always seemed like a bit of a curiosity {anomoly}…and have probably always been a focus of research somewhere.

Within Extension I’ve decided that I’m okay if some of us never incorporate technology….because I believe that in our generation, there will be plenty of clientele who have decided that they themselves don’t ever want to use technology.  The danger though for us in Extension is in thinking that just because we as educators don’t like technology…we don’t need to do anything. Careful thought must be given to looking at what our clientele prefer…not just assuming that what we prefer is generalizable to the general clientele population. …But then we should know that….we are after all basing the information we provide on research….and understanding the premise of generalizable data is a pretty basic research concept. And, basing that decision on the ideas of one person is definitely not statistically significant!!!




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Thinking About the Quick Pitch Contest…..

Saw this quote today and it made me smile.  As I’m working with the First Lego League kids this year and the topic is water….one of the kids mentioned to me the other day that they don’t really see water as a problem.  Then I saw this quote!  🙂  Made me smile!

The big problems are where people don’t realise they have one in the first place.

W. Edwards Deming

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