There are many social media tools available today that can have powerful results in your professional endeavors. This presentation is about working in the open. I want you to know how to build your personal learning network and effectively use that network to reduce your workload, create better programs and become recognized as an expert in your field. From this presentation you will learn the best practices for getting started in working out loud as well as how to select the tools you need to be effective and productive.
Today I hosted and presented an eXtension webinar based on my article entitled, "Extension and The Maker Movement" published in the Journal of Extension. My co-author and co-presenter was my colleague Dave Francis. In case you missed it, you can get the recording here.
Here are my presentation resources:
This past week I was on vacation. I had so much on my mind from work, all I really wanted to do was work.
I love what I do, however, as an Extension professional the lines between work and life are often blurred. I also carry an iPhone on my person most the day, so the idea of a work/life balance is impossible. I'm just working on a figuring out a healthy work/life blend.
Nevertheless, I did not do any (Extension) work during my vacation. I was 90% unplugged for five straight days. I took care of only urgent issues at night, but only for a few minutes because I was completely exhausted.
How did I disconnect?
Recently I was invited to give a webinar presentation to the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals about social media strategies for Extension professionals. I've provided my slides and notes for the content I will cover:
Here's a glimpse into some of my springtime Extension activities (there's never a dull moment).
Last week I was challenged by a colleague to share some insight into my work/life productivity. The questions I've answered came from Lifehacker.
In this post, I share everything from the apps and gadgets I use, my morning routine, how I make time for social media, and much much more.
I encourage you to answer these questions and post them so others can learn about your productivity methods, apply them, and work/live smarter.
I'd like to share my slides and content with you from a resent story I told to an Extension audience.
Building Resilient Youth Talking Points
The story of the Wright Brothers & Samuel Langley
Effective Internet search skills are essential with the compounding amount of information available on the web. In my work as an Extension professional with USU I have noticed that many of my colleagues and clients lack the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Internet and locate needed information.
Here are three factsheets I co-authored to help you improve your search skills:
Google Search Basics
Google Search Operators
Google Search Techniques
Knowledge is no longer something we possess, it's now something we access. The Internet requires highly developed skills to access and interpret information. Relevant information is not the same as specific information.
It's truly a privilege to be involved in Southern Utah Code Camp. The event is incredible and the people I work with to make it happen are wonderful.
Code Camp is a programming, design and entrepreneurship contest all rolled up into a ridiculously compressed 24-hour event. While all 224 programmers were coding away I decided that it would be a good use of my time to crank out a video that explains what the event is all about and why we do it each year.
Here, I made this.
Today I'm blogging from Southern Utah Code Camp. It's a hack-a-thon were programmers gather to launch a product in 24-hours. This is my absolute favorite Extension program, I look forward to it every November. I love to see the collaboration between professionals and rookie 4-H members who are learning the ropes. This year we had over 280 registrants...participation has doubled every year since 2010. We're running out of room and that's a great problem to have considering the national computer science education crisis.
In other news, I was recently invited to contribute to the National 4-H Council's Professional Blog each month. Here are links to my posts I've written about innovation:
August: Innovation Starts with You
September: You’ve Got Time for That
October: Put Yourself in the Flow of Relevant Information with Google Alerts
November: The Key to Productive Meetings
I was also asked to write for the Extension Reconsidered Blog, I wrote this post about my experience on USU Extension's Visioning Team: University Extension and the next generation: Innovate, or wait and react?
In addition to writing, I've been making a few videos.
What's Up Down South Economic Summit
4-H Mountain Biking Club
My next project is creating a video about Code Camp and I'm giving myself 12 more hours to complete it. Wish me luck.
I write about leadership in the 21st century.
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