#nexconf Presentation: Leveraging Pinterest and Instagram for Extension Work

Picture worth a thousand wordsWhile at the National Extension Conference, I had an opportunity to catch an informative session on Pinterest given by Amy Hays and Sara Baughman. I also caught the tail end of a session on Instagram also given by Amy Hays. Since I did not see the session in Sacramento, I just finished watching the Instagram session at learn.extension.org; lots of great information. Here is more details on the different sessions:

My session notes for Pinterest and Instagram.

Additional sessions worth watching:

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#nexconf Presentations: Directions for improving Wyoming Extension online course presence

Course completions for TAMUAs I mentioned in a previous post, I had a rewarding time while at the Nation Extension Conference. Three of the sessions I attended focused on building and delivering online courses. Basically, I was looking for ideas to make this a reality in the University of Wyoming Extension program.

Presentations viewed

Here are the presentations I attend along with more information about those sessions:

Here is what I walked away with:

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Book Review: Getting things done the David Allen way with Evernote: A beginner’s guidebook on how to master GTD with Evernote

Getting Things Done the David Allen Way With Evernote: A Beginner's Guidebook on How to Master GTD With Evernote

Getting Things Done the David Allen Way With Evernote: A Beginner’s Guidebook on How to Master GTD With Evernote

I just finished reading Getting Things Done the David Allen Way With Evernote: A Beginner’s Guidebook on How to Master GTD With Evernote by David Donaldson and Joe Allen. This book was a very quick read at only 42 pages. Having read a number of books on Evernote and the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, I am not sure if this was worth the money; however, the book was honest in that it did provide a basic orientation of how to use Evernote to manage your GTD system.
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Lots of great activity at the #NexConf

Session slideI am still recovering from a wonderful conference held in Sacramento. This conference was the National Extension Conference. There are so many good things to say, I am not sure where to begin. I walked away with a notebook of ideas and inspiration to raise the level of Extension in my part of the world. Over the next few blog posts, I will report out on specific sessions but I wanted to use this post to report out on the conference itself. Details of my trip can be read in my trip report. Continue reading


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Articles that struck a chord in March 2014

Here are articles or videos I have view and collected this past month. These are articles I found interesting or practical. I hope you also find them useful.

  1. How to Get a Job at Google by Thomas Friedman.
    Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.”
  2. Of Wolves & Sheep by Shinobiwolf.
    Consider this as students of martial arts – there is a vast difference in a group of students who are a pack of sheep, than a group of students who are a pack of wolves.
  3. How Evernote Helped Me Organize My Biggest Speaking Event Yet by Bob Stanke.
    Everything I did to prepare for my keynote address was done inside of Evernote. Everything.
  4. Knowledge Is Power? Those Days are Long Gone by Douglas Merrill.
    In an era of widespread, inexpensive communications, knowledge spreads way too fast for it to hold power for long.
  5. Why You Need a PLN, and How to Develop One: Resources Shared at #LSCon by David Kelly.
    More and more, people are realizing they are networked learners, with a large percentage of their learning coming via a dedicated group of chosen and trusted resources.
  6. What’s It Worth? Certificates, Badges and Online Portfolios by Brad Zomick.
    Despite excellent content being offered at lower and lower prices (or even free), those gaining valuable skills have yet to see a similar revolution in their ability to demonstrate or prove those skills.
  7. Digital Backpacks and the Future of Resumes by Mark Slack.
    These “Open Badges” will represent earned skills, or knowledge, which people can earn and display.
  8. Letter Grades Deserve an ‘F’ by Jessica Lahey.
    Points-based grading undermines learning and creativity, rewards cheating, damages students’ peer relationships and trust in their teachers, encourages students to avoid challenging work, and teaches students to value grades over knowledge.
  9. 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools by Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson.
    Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way.
  10. From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond by Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, and Lee Rainie.
    Institutions that were previously identified with printed material—and its attendant properties of being expensive, scarce, and obscure—are now considering how to take on new roles as purveyors of information, connections, and entertainment, using the latest formats and technologies.
  11. Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer by Santhosh Kumar.
    There is a major disruption in the mere thinking (itself) of organizational learning. Gone are the days of formal learning, and, here is the age of informal/social learning.
  12. The Secret of Southern New Hampshire University’s Success by John Pulley.
    SNHU has succeeded in the online space by leveraging technology and providing well-constructed courses and Amazon-like customer service to mostly older students at a cost they can afford.
  13. Finnish Education Chief: ‘We Created a School System Based on Equality’ by Christine Gross-Loh.
    Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests.
    Yet over the past decade Finland has consistently performed among the top nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world.
  14. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader by Colin Robinson.
    Reading, always a solitary affair, is increasingly a lonely one.
  15. 6 colleges that flipped STEM classrooms by Daniel Shumski.
    A survey late last year found that half of university faculty members either have deployed or plan to implement in the next year the flipped classroom model.
  16. What is your PKM routine? by Harold Jarche.
    Connecting to the right people makes my own sense-making much easier.
  17. Show the Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning by Karl Kapp, EdD.
    One of the strengths of gamification is that it provides visible milestones of the student’s mastery of content in real time.
  18. Mid-Semester Evaluations by Laura B. McGrath.
    Mid-semester evaluations help me get to know my class better, and offer a helpful corrective to my own biases.
  19. How the Military Informs Learning by Kate Everson.
    Do an organization’s leaders have the courage to execute and do the hard things it takes to create a high-performing team?
  20. Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint by Alan Yu.
    The main advantage of forgoing PowerPoint is that it forces both the speaker and the listener to pay attention.
  21. Overcoming the user engagement crisis with gamification by Denis Duvauchelle.
    In its simplest sense, gamification is showing users how to do something and rewarding them for doing it right or figuring out the problem.
  22. ‘Genius hour’: What kids can learn from failure by Emanuella Grinberg.
    Her classroom’s “genius hour” was inspired by Google’s 20% time initiative, which allows employees to dedicate 20% of working hours to their own ideas.
  23. Front Line Instructors by Colleen Flaherty.
    Students can’t be forced to confront their traumas, but professors should offer opportunities for them to do so.
  24. Interview with Terry Anderson by Steve Wheeler.
    Education always has been more than information dissemination or publishing, but now we have the tools, at low costs and globally available to make participatory learning possible.

Well, that is my list for the month. What are you reading that is getting your attention?

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