Book Review: How Google Works

How Google WorksDuring my time in the Air Force, I was indoctrinated in the General Creech model of Total Quality Management. I have used a number of those principles to this day, but one principle stood out more than the others… benchmark the leaders. As I look around much is in turmoil and much does not work to the level it should, yet, there is a company that continuously improves and takes advantage of their failures with improvement in other areas, and that company is Google. I have always been curious about what was behind the Google curtain. When I learned that Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg wrote How Google Works, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. If you are looking to shake up how your organization runs, there are countless lessons in this book. A number of them I plan to implement in my new job. Read the rest of this entry

November 2014 issue of Geeks and Speaks is out

University of Wyoming Newsletter

November 2014

Volume 6, Issue 11

Are you in a troubled relationship with a computer? Do you want a Web page that will reach out and grab the collars of those surfing to your site? Help to design a no-caffeine-needed instruction program delivered via the Web? We’re ready to help with your technology needs! Our Technology-Enhanced Instruction staff members are only a click or call away.

Ask an Expert – Ask an Expert is a service provided by, where you can get one-to-one expert answers from Cooperative Extension educators and volunteers from across the United States. So far, approximately 200,000 questions have been asked since 2008 on topics ranging from food preservation to pruning and 4-H to social media. Do you have a burning question? Go to to get your expert answer.
Read More – Here are the upcoming sessions provided by Extension educators and specialists across the nation. Read More

Book reviews by Tubarks – Education and technology book reviews by Tubarks. Read More

Blogging Tip: How to Use Pinterest to Boost Blog Traffic Dramatically – Interested in getting more traffic to your blog, then consider leveraging Pinterest. Here are tips to help you do just that. Read More

Blogging Tip: Academic blogging – 10 top tips – Looking to start blogging in support of academics, then here are some suggestions. Read More

Education Tip: Google Classroom: Office Hours or Video Tutoring – This was a useful tip for creating a virtual office hours link. Read More

Education Tip: Top 20 Ways to Use YouTube in the Classroom – Here are examples of ways that you can leverage video in your classrooms. Remember, you do not have to create your own videos; there are countless videos that can serve your needs. Read More

Education Tip: A graded paper stops learning in its tracks – Interesting discussion about grading. Read More

Email Tip: 9 Email Productivity Secrets That Will Get Your Life Back – Here is a collection of email productivity tips. Some of my favorites include checking email only 3 times a day, turning off notifications, and using rules or filters. Read More

Evernote Tip: How to Use Evernote As Your Blogging Organizer – This article outlines a process for using Evernote as a writing tool for blog posts. Read More

Evernote Tip: Top Reasons Behind Using Evernote in Successful Small Business – Here are a number of ideas for leveraging Evernote as a means of supporting your business or organization. Read More

Flipped Instruction Tip: Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom – This article provides good insight into improving flipped classrooms. Read More

Google Docs Tips: 10 Add-ons that will give your Google Docs unlimited powers – Here are some add-ons for Google Docs that will provide improved capabilities such as a tie to research, text to speech, and translations. Read More

Google Drive Tip: 38 Ideas to Use Google Drive in Class – This is a list of great ideas for leveraging Google Drive for the classroom. Read More

Google Forms Tip: Pre-Populating a Google Form in 4 easy steps – Easy to follow instructions for providing prompts for your forms. Read More

Google Sheets Tip: 100 Best Google Spreadsheet Tutorial Videos – A great collection of Google Sheets tutorials. I just learned how to scrap content from a Web site. Read More

Learning Tip: 1000 Free Online Courses from Top Universities – Do you love learning? Here is an opportunity to keep pushing your knowledge forward. Read More

LinkedIn Tip: How to Build a Powerful Network Using LinkedIn – This is a collection of recommendations for developing a robust set of LinkedIn contacts. Read More

Marketing Tip: 15 Step Guideline To Create Your Perfect 2015 Digital Marketing Strategy – This article provides insight into strategies you should be leveraging as we transition into the new year. Read More

OER Tip: Online Textbooks – Here is an index of online textbooks from the MIT OpenCourseWare. Read More

OER Tip: Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup – A great collection of Open Educational Resources. Read More

OER Tip: OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 (PDF) – Interesting details regarding Open Educational Resources. Read More

OER Tip: A 7-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Open Educational Resources – Interested in adding to Open Educational Resources, there is some guidance to get you started. Read More

Podcasting Tip: Podcasting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started – Podcasting is having a revival and will continue to become more popular. Here are instructions for getting started. Read More

Presentation Tip: 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches – Ten great tips for improving your presentations. Begin by getting away from your computer and think about your story. Read More

Productivity Tip: 7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot – Trying to get more time out of your day, if so, you may want to check some of these productivity tips. I am a fan of the calendar and IFTTT tips. Read More

Research Tip: Using your Kindle for reading research material – Here are instructions for using your Kindle to get more out of your research material. Read More

Social Media Tip: Daily 18-Minute Social Media Plan For Small Businesses – Strapped for time, here is a recommended schedule for staying on top of your social media efforts. Read More

Technology Tip: Launch Multiple Programs From A Single Shortcut Using A Batch File – Here are instructions for creating a batch file to launch multiple programs at the same time. Read More

Twitter Tip: 23 Seldom-Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists – There are a number of great ideas on this list. I do not use lists as much as I should, these ideas will help me. Read More

Each month, this newsletter will highlight important communications information to help you serve you. We’re ready to tackle big questions, like, what is the ~ used for anyway? Let us know topics you’d like to see addressed! Contact us at (307) 314-9151, e-mail, or visit our page.

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Settling in to SUNY JCC

Welcome basket

Welcome basket

Over the past week, I have been moving from Laramie, Wyoming and settling in to Jamestown, New York. Anytime you have a life changing event, there is a lot of anxiety. This move has not been any different. Some new stresses as Bernadette and I figure out how to go from one house to another with three dogs. But I have to say, SUNY JCC (Jamestown Community College) has been very welcoming!  Read the rest of this entry

Waze helped me get all this way

WazeIt has been a rather stressful week  as I moved from Wyoming to New York. It involved packing a truck, driving across the country, putting everything in storage, moving into my office and my apartment, and getting the lay of the land. One program helped relieve some of the stress—Waze. Read the rest of this entry

Movin’, movin’, movin’ – So much to do

Moving DayWell, I am down to my last hour working for the University of Wyoming Extension. I am on my way to Jamestown, NY. In preparation for the move, I have been focusing on making the transition as smooth as possible. Even though I have moved a number of times in the past, it is always a chore. However, technology has made this move a little easier while at the same time created more things to do. Read the rest of this entry


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