Advanced Zoom Training

Join us on May 14th at 10:00 AM CT at for Advanced Zoom Training!

This Next Generation Extension webinar will look beyond the basics of Zoom meetings and Webinars. We’ll explore some of the more advanced features available in Zoom such as: Break Out Rooms, Whiteboard, Q&A, Polling and specific Webinar features.  Our clinician will be Donald Robertson, Collaboration Technology Associate with the University of Nebraska Information Technology Services.

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Innovation in Technology & Pedagogy Symposium

If you haven’t participated in this University of Nebraska professional development opportunity…I’m blogging about it as it’s a total win!  All UN campuses are represented at the Innovation in Technology & Pedagogy Symposium and it provides you, the educator, a great opportunity to learn about what our colleagues are doing across the state.  And, the date is set, join me at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln on May 7th!  Registration will be opening soon…and I’ll try to share it on the blog too!

Each year, the best educators from our state and beyond share what they are doing to utilize technology to engage their students better…or how they are changing their pedagogy (method of teaching) to improve the impact they have on their students.  There also is a track on technology administration (not sure how many of you would be interested in that…although I have attended some of those sessions as well).  Several years ago….they even had a representative from Creative Commons talking about how to seek out, utilize, and cite creative commons media (video, pictures, documents). …It was amazing!

Mark it on your calendar….May 7th at the Cornhusker!

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Plickers for Success

If you couldn’t join us earlier this week for this great webinar, here is a link to the recording.  Chasity also shared her PowerPoint and Excel file with formulas for cleaning up the data.

If you have questions about using Plickers, you can contact Chasity Tompkins, our clinician, at

Thank you again Chasity….we greatly appreciate you joining us from Georgia!


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Plickers for Success: A Technological Tool for Advancement in Data Collection

A few weeks ago I read this article in the Journal of Extension…and was blown away at the thought that this might just be the perfect tool to make collecting evaluations on our issue teams easier!  So join me on March 12th at 10:00 AM CT at  So I emailed Casey in Georgia and discovered Chasity Tompkins…the graduate assistant who was the lead on this article.  Chasity will be serving as our clinician for the Plickers for Success webinar on NGE.

Youth and adults face data assessment burnout when administering the same paper-based survey multiple times. One tool Extension educators can use to increase learners’ active engagement with program content and gather formative assessment data in real time is Plickers, a free online audience response system used for collecting data from groups. In this webinar, participants will learn how to set up classes, add participants, build and implement surveys, and export data through the use of a smart device.

Chasity Tompkins

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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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