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Working Differently in Extension Podcast

For the past year-and-a-half, I've been producing the Working Differently in Extension Podcast to keep Extension professionals up-to-date on new technologies and how they might use them to improve their teaching and learning.

This year the podcast has focused more on the impact the rapidly changing knowledge landscape is having on the roles of Extension educators. I've been interviewing a number of people using online tools and social media for new and exciting Extension work.

Earlier this year, I talked 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.

I had a great conversation with Alice Henneman, food safety and nutrition educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County, about the use of social media tools, like Facebook and Pinterest, in Extension education.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Tony Cook, Alabama Cooperative Extension 4-H science and technology specialist, joined me to talk about the For Youth, For Life Learning Network project. Dr. Cook leads this exciting project that leverages the power of online networks for youth learning. The project recently received won $150,000 in the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition.

Those are just 3 of the 13 interviews that have been featured on the podcast this year. I'm looking forward to producing 13 more this year, asking really smart people the questions that challenge those of us interested in working differently in Extension.

I hope you'll listen to at least a few of the podcasts. Let me know if you have suggestions for future guests or if you'd like to know more about podcasting.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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