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 https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/583999580.  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  ctompki1@uga.edu

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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.  https://youtu.be/okqv5d3xQ3c

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! https://youtu.be/BFcuRVzcITY

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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! https://unl.box.com/s/f36iycxfh86880z4ju2ntdv6229ee4ja

 

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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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