Book Review: Evidence-based Training Methods – A Guide for Training Professionals

Evidence-Based Training Methods book coverVery simply put, if you educate others whether in higher ed, Extension, or as a volunteer, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy and read Evidence-based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals by Ruth Colvin Clark. Actually, I recommend that you pick up the second edition because it has recent come out, and I am quite confident new topics have been discussed and recent research added. Clark basically pooled research together to explain best instructional practices along with busting common instructional myths in a very readable tone. Her book reflected the lessons she shared throughout the book. This is another book that will hold a key place in my reference library. Read the rest of this entry

Using MailChimp to Support Breakthrough Learning

Using MailChimp to Support Breakthrough LearningIn December 2011, I reported “typical corporate training departments only have a 15% success rate for participants applying what they learned to the job.” This information came from The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning by Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, and Andrew Jefferson. Additionally, the authors explained 75% of learning transfer fails in post-training. What if there were a tool to help learners in post-training? Read the rest of this entry

January 2015 issue of Geeks and Speaks is out

SUNY JCC Newsletter

January 2015

Volume 7, Issue 1

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: Take your Blogging to the Next Level – This is a Google+ article with a list of links to articles about how to get more out of your blogging. Read More

Blogging Tip: How to Use Evernote: Create a Simple and Effective Editorial Calendar For Your Blog – This video shows you how you can leverage Evernote for managing your blogging editorial calendar. Read More

Conference Tip: Use Evernote for a Rewarding Conference Experience – Conference season is almost here. Here are some ideas for using Evernote to manage your attendance at conferences. Read More

Email Tip: Email Into Evernote – Here are instructions for emailing messages to Evernote. The tips include the instructions for getting a message into the right notebook with the correct tags. Read More

Evernote Tip: Stacey – Work in a business where you have to keep track of clients, their likes and dislikes. You can manage this in Evernote, and this article provides a strategy. Read More

Evernote Tip: Make a Table of Contents in Evernote for Easy Access to Everything – I was not aware of the this tip before reading it, but it has already proved to be very useful. This article explains how to create a table of contents of a collection of notes. Read More

Evernote Tip: Become an Evernote Productivity Ninja in 2015 by using this Top 10 List of Companion Apps – Here is a collection of apps that works with Evernote. Each adds a unique capability to an already powerful program. Read More

Evernote Tip: Do Your Life – This is an amazing article showing how Evernote can be extended into a system that truly suites your business needs. Read More

Google Drive Tip: 10 Tips To Do More With Your PDF Files On Google Drive – This article explains how you can save, scan, and print to PDF; convert the PDF to a Google Doc; and merge and split PDF files. Read More

Google Forms Tips: Inserting Images Into Google Forms – The video in this article shows how to insert an image onto a Google Form. Read More

Google Sheets Tip: Extending Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets Using Dynamic Date Calls – This tutorial shows you how to control color of a cell based on its contents. Read More

Google Slides Tip: 5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides – Here are reasons for moving to Google Slides for your presentation platform. Read More

Google Stories Tip: Stories – Google – I just discovered this Google feature and I am excited about it. It will turn a photo album into a nicely packaged story. Read More

Google+ Tip: 5-Step Formula to Substantially Boost Google Plus Engagement – These tips not only work for Google+ but also are applicable for other social media delivery methods. Read More

Image Tips: How To Choose An Image Size For Social Media – Here is a quick guide for finding the right size for your social media graphics from Facebook to Twitter and everything in between. Read More

Infographic Tip: How To Create Your Own Infograph Using Canva – Want to put together an infographic? This tutorial shows you how with Canva. Read More

Learning Tip: A Step By Step Guide On How to Create Flashcards Using Google Spreadsheets – Here are instructions for creating flash cards to be used with any subject. Once created, they can be shared. Read More

Lecture Tips: Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources – Here are some great ideas and tools for adding life and interest into a lecture. Read More

Marketing Tips: 19 Quick Tips to Improve Your Email Marketing Subject Lines – Here are suggestions you can use to get your email message to open the door and have them read your message. Read More

Photography Tips: 20 Easy Photography Tricks That Will Make You a Picture Taking Master – Here is a fun collection of photography tips for improving the shots you are taking. Read More

Pinterest Tip: How to Use Pinterest to Dramatically Boost Blog Referral Traffic – Interested in getting more blog traffic, then turn to the power of Pinterest. Read More

Presentation Tips: 12 most pleasant ways to avoid death by PowerPoint – Great ideas for improving PowerPoint presentations. Read More

Productivity Tip: Managing Social Media Profiles with Evernote and TextExpander – While this is a great idea for managing profiles and bios, it can be used for many other similar activities in the classroom such as first day introductions. Read More

Productivity Tip: 20 Apps and Services that Made Me More Productive in 2014 – Jamie Todd Rubin has put together a great collection of apps for making your life a little more easy. I personally use a majority of these apps, and plan to explore the rest. Read More

Productivity Tip: 16 Apps for 16 Hours of Productivity – Here is a collection of apps that will help you get more done with less effort. Read More

Productivity Tip: Prioritize Your To-Dos with Sticky Notes and Masking Tape – Here is a quick productivity hack for prioritizing your work. Read More

Productivity Tip: 17 Small (And Totally Doable) Tweaks That Will Change Your Year – Here is a collection of tips for putting more bounce in your day. Read More

Screencasting Tips: Before Recording Your Screencast – This video has four great tips you can use to improve your next screencast. Read More

Social Media Tip: Sensible Social Media Checklist for Business v3.0 – This infographic checklist offers suggestions for what to post, recommendations for how to structure the post, and how oftem to make a post. Read More

Social Media Tip: The Team Behind NASA – NASA talks about how they manage their fantastic social media program. Read More

Twitter Tip: Tips on Running a Tweetchat – Interested in running a Tweetchat? There is more to it than just picking a time and date. This article provides great insight into running the best one possible. Read More

Twitter Tip: Run a Poll on Twitter with Google Forms – These instructions show how to use Google Forms on Twitter for a quick poll. Read More

Writing Tip: How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit – Interesting tips to becoming a more prolific writer. Read More

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Book Review: ReWork

ReworkThe recommendation to read Rework came to me through the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast. It had been mentioned on a number of occasions and I thought I should take a look. After reading it, I can understand why many are recommending it. In this book, the authors, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson share the secrets of their successful company 37signals. I am very interested in how companies broke the code and became successful. I believe these lessons can be leveraged for my current work as well as non-profits I am engaged in. There are definitely lessons to be learned from this book. Read the rest of this entry

Ways to get more out of short URLs

As I start to use Google Docs and Evernote more and more in my work, I am realizing how unwieldy they are when trying to share a document. If you try to send them in a tweet, it eats up all 140 characters. Fortunately, URL shorteners can help with long URLs, and they have other advantages especially in media campaigns. While there are a number of URL shortening tools, I will show you how to use as well as show you how to track a multi-media campaign with it. Read the rest of this entry


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