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Following cooperative extension's efforts to work differently in the new knowledge landscape
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Working Differently in Extension Podcast - Abby Gold, NDSU Nutrition and Wellness Specialist

Working Differently in Extension Podcast - Abby Gold, NDSU Nutrition and Wellness Specialist | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
A discussion with North Dakota State University nutrition and wellness specialist Abby Gold talks about how and why she curates information online, the changing roles of Extension professionals and why some have resisted those roles.

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Working Differently in Extension Podcast - Alice Henneman, UNL Extension

Working Differently in Extension Podcast - Alice Henneman, UNL Extension | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

The latest "Working Differently in Extension" podcast features a discussion of the use of social media tools, like Facebook and Pinterest, in Extension education with Alice Henneman, food safety and nutrition educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County.

 

Alice has been using several social media tools to advance Extension education, including:

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/alicehenneman

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/alicehenneman/

Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/alicehenneman/

 

You can find out more about the "Working Differently in Extension" podcast at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/workingdifferently/working-differently-in-extension-podcast

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Post to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Evernote from Snagit!

Post to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Evernote from Snagit! | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
Snag.it is replacing the pro version of Jing. I look forward to using these sharing tools for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Evernote.
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Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Katie Pinke

Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Katie Pinke | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This week's Working Differently in Extension podcast features a conversation with Katie Pinke, Marketing and Information Division Director at North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

 

Katie understands the value and importance social media plays in keeping rural people connected and the value it brings in sharing stories of the advantages of rural life. She is active in engaging rural audiences in social media to spur rural development and growth.

 

You can listen all of the Working Differently in Extension podcasts at, , http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/workingdifferently/working-differently-in-extension-podcast

 

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The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg)

The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg) | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This post from The Content Economy,  http://www.thecontenteconomy.com/2012/02/collaboration-pyramid.html, highlights the part of collaboration we rarely pay any attention to.

 

In our program team and community of practice work in Extension, we are focused on the parts of the "collaboration iceberg" that are above the water: forming a team, coordinating and acting.

 

We need more focus from team members and administrators for the part of the "collaboration iceberg" that is under the water, the parts that make up social collaboration.

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Any Channel YouTube Stats At-a-Glance with SocialBlade

Any Channel YouTube Stats At-a-Glance with SocialBlade | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you have a YouTube channel and you want to check your progress in terms of subscribers, views and more, SocialBlade offers a new free service which can check on any active YouTube account instantly.

 

Not only you can view your own stats for the last 30 days, but you can get also an estimator of your possible earnings for each day as well as global ranks for the most viewed YouTube accounts according to category, region, type and more.

 

Here are my own: http://socialblade.com/youtube/user/robingood 

 

Try it now: http://socialblade.com/youtube/ 


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Breaking Down to Rebuild

Breaking Down to Rebuild | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

A blog post by teacher Jeannie Magiera inspired this post about the need for cooperative extension to break down how we work and what we do in order to rebuild something sustainable and transformative using social media and online networks.

 

Thanks to Nik Peachey's Learning Technology scoop, http://www.scoop.it/t/learning-technology, for pointing me to Jeannie's blog post.

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Using Pinterest in Extension

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We just wrapped up our conversation about using Pinterest in cooperative extension. It was a great conversation with a lot of good ideas and questions. 

 

We had some problems with the Pinterest site during the intro to Pinterest at the start of the session. Here's a Intro to Pinterest screencast to take the place of the error-ridden intro in the conversation archive, http://screencast.com/t/Htb2dQjO

 

Here's a link to the archived conversation, http://ndivnlc.wimba.com/launcher.cgi?room=NDSU_Ag_Web_Tech_2012_0203_1105_13

 

If you have not used Wimba on your computer before, or if it has been a month since your last Wimba login, you will want to run the setup wizard. Click on the Setup Wizard on the right side of the screen, and follow the instructions.

 

Enter room ID: NDSU_Ag

 

Enter your name

 

Click on Enter 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated!

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jdorner4's comment, February 7, 2012 8:41 AM
How is Pinterest different from Delicious? - other than pictures and no RSS feed?
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John,
I agree that Pinterest has a lot in common with social bookmarking, but Delicious and Diigo have never really been social destinations for people. Whether it is because of the pictures, the connection to Facebook or just cultural momentum, people are using Pinterest as a destination. My wife, mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law have only 2 social tools in common, Facebook and Pinterest.
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YouTube Insight Analytics: Overview & Best Practices Guide

YouTube Insight Analytics: Overview & Best Practices Guide | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

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Overview and best practices for YouTube Insight Analytics, using Insight to market your videos and grown engagement levels with your target audience.

 

I confess that I don't do a lot of youtube analytics.  Many eXtension CoPs are having success with youtube so I thought I'd better start learning.  Found this guide a great place to start. 

 


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Pinterest is Taking Curation to a Whole New Level - Here's Why

Pinterest is Taking Curation to a Whole New Level - Here's Why | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This post is from AllTechie News

 

Pinterest has pulled quite a bit of attention away from Facebook. From Oct. 2010 to Oct. 2011, the site grew from 40,000 to 3.2 million monthly unique visitors. That’s 8,000%.

 

Here's a great example of curation in action:

 

**Pinterest leverages web content from Tumblr like no site that has ever existed, thus riding on top of its network-effect while not requiring user generated content like many services.

 

**They ve also perfected in-network virality (pin, repin, like) in addition to out of network sharing (Facebook, Twitter) to grow virally.

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**For these reasons Pinterest could conceivable be the most successful site of its kind in the future.

 

**Pinterest is already threatening to monetize, as those Midwest housewives are literally using it for shopping discovery, which Pinterest can profit off of by taking attribution for purchases that originate off its platform.

 

**Several people have purchased stuff spontaneously via random discovery on the site.

 

**Pinterest should be thriving a year from now (the author suggests 30 million users next Thanksgiving) and also spawn hundreds of copycat startups in other verticals.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/ysH3kI]


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Surprising Findings About Mobile Worker Collaboration | Fast Company

Surprising Findings About Mobile Worker Collaboration | Fast Company | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
The last few months have seen a spate of end of year surveys and forward-looking prediction reports that examine the workplace ‘digital transformation’ to a more collaborative work environment with greater worker mobility.

88% of executives report employees are using their personal devices for business purposes today. While the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend has been a popular topic lately, 88% is a much higher number than one might expect.

Over 40% of people using mobile devices for work purposes are using them for more than email and social networking; they are actually using them to run business applications ‘anytime/anywhere.’

A key factor driving wider social and mobile adoption within the enterprise is that workers say they enjoy and benefit from these technologies when not at work
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Extension Educators, Here are the Keys to Your IT Department - Good Luck

Extension Educators, Here are the Keys to Your IT Department - Good Luck | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This post by Clinton Bonner is actually titled, "Marketers, Here are the Keys to Your IT Department – Good Luck," and really does focus on marketing.

 

But I think there are a number of things in the post that make it relevant to Extension and all professionals.

 

Bonner frames the conversation with this timeline:

 

"15 – 20 years ago: IT (and the IT side of the business) ruled the enterprise."
"10 years ago: Blogging becomes much more popular and powerful and the consumerization of IT begins." 

"5 years ago – Present day: The consumerization of IT is rampant, fueled by the mobile smartphone and the app culture that is born on top of this new platform."

 

The result is that the power has shifted. IT is no longer in control of tech, the marketers, educators, communicators, specialist and other professionals are.

 

As Bonner puts it, "As value shifted inside the enterprise, so has the power to drive technology decisions. As 2012 gets nicely underway, marketers find themselves empowered and wanting to prove that they indeed deserve this new found responsibility and can routinely deliver value back to the enterprise with it."

 

In Extension, our professionals should feel empowered, but I don't know if they are as anxious to prove themselves in this realm as Bonner suggests marketers are.

 

The message I take away from the post is, "Stop looking to IT to push you forward. You've got the wheel. it's up to you to drive."  

 

 

 

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The Future of Work

The Future of Work | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Here's a blog post I wrote about the Institute for the Future and University of Phoenix Research Institute's Future Work Skills 2020 report that “analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years.”

 

Future Work Skills 2020 identifies six key drivers affecting work in the future: extreme longevity, rise of smart machines and systems, computational world, new media ecology, superstructured organizations and a globally connected world.

 

The post talks about each of those drivers and touches on the some of the skills workers may need to succeed in the changing work environment.

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How to Use Social Media To Improve Your Online Reputation

How to Use Social Media To  Improve Your Online Reputation | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
With social media increasingly becoming the go-to for brand awareness, it comes as no surprise that online marketers have shifted their focus to include it in their marketing strategies.

 

A good social network reputation can go a long way and a bad one has the possibility of tainting your brand forever.

 

Consider these few things ...


1. Get a grip on your goals:

Ensure clear objectives and strategy are consistent

2. Listen:

Feedback is important, take heed as to what people are saying

3. Be newsworthy:

Exciting and current content that will urge people to share

4. Talk to those who are influencers:

Share their content, engage with meaningful replies and make friends with them

5. Monitor your progress:

To ensure that your objectives are being met

6. Improve:

Respond quickly to fix complaints and problems 

Learn from negative input and resolve issues expediently

Written by Andy Jenkins - http://bit.ly/yx4fed ;

Download Infographic - http://bit.ly/xbbEh0 ;


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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......

 

To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest

 

**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.

 

Excerpt:

 

Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.

 

**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively

 

**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.

 

**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.

 

**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment

 

**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.

 

**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)

 

Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xoqha6]


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Fantastic article - thanks for finding
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Explaining AleX NetLit: Fictional Personas & Online Learning

Explaining AleX NetLit: Fictional Personas & Online Learning | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

The Network Literacy Community of Practice (NetLit CoP) has been using AleX NetLit, a fictional persona, to help military family service professionals, Cooperative Extension professionals and others learn more about using online networks in their work.

 

This thier explanation of how and why they came up with AleX NetLit.

 

Full disclosure: I am the leader of the AleX NetLit team for the Network Literacy CoP.

 

Have you used fictional personas or scenarios in your work? What do you think of the use of AleX NetLit for Extension education?

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How to Be Successful in a Connected World [Infographic]

How to Be Successful in a Connected World [Infographic] | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This infographic has been put together by Ross Dawson, it's very straightforward and definitely makes its point.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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A Matter Of Degree: You're not collaborating. You're just publishing.

Some good points about collaboration, or the lack of it, in this article. It includes the questions below to determine if you are really collaborating.

Are we producing new insights, ideas, or approaches, and feeding them back into the system?
Are we learning, or just repeating?
Are we making each other better as a result of our collaboration?
Are our ideas relating to and building on each other's, and serving as springboards to the next idea?
Does everyone on the team feel like they can express new ideas or ways of working?
Could we REALLY re-invent the wheel?
How can we tell a "good" collaboration experience from a "bad" one?  (successful vs. unsuccessful, efficient vs. ineffecient, etc.)
How do we know if we're getting better at collaborating?
Does this process / platform / team make sense for what we need to do?
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Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Conversation with Eli Sagor

Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Conversation with Eli Sagor | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This week's Working Differently in Extension podcast features a great conversation with University of Minnesota Extension forester Eli Sagor (@esagor on Twitter). Eli is a "tree guy" and a social media guy. He's the creator and manager of the online resource My Minnesota Woods, http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu.

 

 

We talked about his day-to-day approach to digital communications, the connections between Extension's roots and its digital future, Eli's use of "widgets" and feeds to increase the reach of My Minnesota Woods and more.

 

You can find out more about Eli's work on My Minnesota Woods and in digital communication at http://z.umn.edu/WDpodcast 

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Ext. Admins, Put you Fingers on the Keys via @eXtension4U

Ext. Admins, Put you Fingers on the Keys via @eXtension4U | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
eXtension has tweeted on @BeGrowCreate for several years. The audience is Extension and land-grant employees. On January 19, a new Twitter account, @eXtension4U, debuted that is aimed at conversations with eXtension’s audience, the general public.

David Ian Gray, Founder of DIG360, http://www.dig360.ca/, commented on February 1: Execs need to start RT @eXtension4U: RT @kanter: “Learning social media is like learning the piano. Put your fingers on the keys.”
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Working Differently in Extension: Conversation with Jim Langcuster

Working Differently in Extension: Conversation with Jim Langcuster | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

This week's Working Differently in Extension podcast features a conversation with my friend Jim Langcuster. Jim is an Extension Communications specialist with Alabama Cooperative Extension, a member of the eXtension Network Literacy CoP steering committee and the author of Mission Extension, a great blog about the cooperative extension mission, past, present and future (http://missionextension.wordpress.com/).

 

We had a really interesting conversation about how Extension work is changing and staying the same in the digital age.

 

You can listen at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/workingdifferently/working-differently-in-extension-podcast.

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Paper.li – a nice aggregator and also connector

Paper.li – a nice aggregator and also connector | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

The article below was rescooped from Howard Rheingold's Infotention Scoop.it page.

 

Check out this example of how Extension educators are using paper.li, Direct Food Marketing at http://paper.li/UNLeShip/1319999929

 

 

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This is an post by Paper.li publisher Mark Kelly. 

 

 

Mark would like a broad update on things that interest him  -- something more than RSS can offer and something social -- and this  is why he has created his Paper.lis:

 

Benefits for Mark: 

-Paper.li  looks  nice

- it makes scanning and / or in-depth reading more enjoyable

- Paper.li is social:

- it builds relationships be exposing you to                    bloggers you might not be aware of

- it allows you to connect with tweepers who                tweet / are interested in like-minded topics

- exposes himself to new publishers and other              like minded individuals by being featured on               other Paper.lis

- allows you to see other publications friends                 are interested in, opening the door to new                 discovery there.

 

-Mark points out that a publisher can either take a lot of time defining content streams and sources, or little time --it all depends on what you want to get out of the publication. 

 

He has three, and is thinking about a 4th. You? 

 

Kelly

 


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Using Pinterest in Extension Work - A Conversation

Using Pinterest in Extension Work - A Conversation | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of interest lately in Pinterest, a visually-engaging social tool for sharing images, videos and information. The groundswell has been evident inside Extension and in the general public.

 

In December 2011, Pinterest received 11 million visits in a week – a 400% growth in just six months. More remarkable is the fact that my wife, my mother-in-law and my grandmother-in-law all got on Pinterest in the same week, with no prompting from me.

 

I think Pinterest has some interesting potential for Extension education, so let's start a conversation.

 

Please join me for a conversation about the potential for using Pinterest in Extension education, Friday, February 3, at 10 a.m. (CT). For all the information on connecting to the conversation, go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/events/talking-about-pinterest

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Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Interview with Dan Cotton

Working Differently in Extension Podcast — Interview with Dan Cotton | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

In our first podcast in a new interview format, I had the pleasure of talking with Dan Cotton, director of eXtension, about changes in Extension's relationship with technology, eXtension's 2011-2014 strategic roadmap, the copyrighting of eXtension content and more.

 

The interview doesn't break any news, but Dan is knowledgeable, thoughtful and engaging as always.

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4 Steps to Future Work Skills

4 Steps to Future Work Skills | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Sorry to bombard you with another post from my blog The Winnowing Oar, but I wanted to follow up on my last post, The Future of Work.

 

One of the responses I received to the post was “What are we doing to prepare?”

 

The full post outlines the 10 future work skills identified in the Future Work Skills 2020 report, as well as 2 skills I added (sense-making, social intelligence, adaptive thinking, new media literacy, transdisciplinarity, computational thinking, design mindset, virtual collaboration, cross-cultural competency and cognitive load management PLUS intellectual curiosity and network literacy).

 

The post also includes 4 ways I think you can start to develop and improve some of those skills:

 

Create an online personal learning network

Create and share content

Curate content

Engage across environments

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