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Tech Coffee Break - May 7, 2018

Jerry Ranum form NDSU Ag Communication talks about options for backing up your computer files at NDSU. Learn more at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/accs/storage-and-backups.

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Tech Coffee Break - April 9, 2018

Lindsey Leker discusses the impact of music and other things on the brain while studying/thinking.

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Social Media Evaluation - A Critical Conversation

On March 15, 2018, Bob Bertsch and Carrie Johnson hosted this conversation about evaluating and reporting social media activity for the NDSU Extension Service.

In additiond to the conversation above, participants collaborated on a document to record their thoughts, tools, tips and questions. Staff can still add to the document here.

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Tech Coffee Break - March 12, 2018

Ryan Buetow and Stacy Wang share tips for using Instagram for work.

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Tech Coffee Break - February 5, 2018

Here's the latest Tech Coffee Break! Miranda Meehan, Andy Robinson and Stacy Wang joined us to talk about using Twitter in their work.

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Tech Coffee Break - January 8, 2018

The Innovation Team kicked off the new year with a Tech Coffee Break aimed at hearing your thoughts on what you'd like to see the Innovation Team do in 2018. We used the collaborative tool, BoardThing, to get your feedback. Here's a screen capture of the board with all of the suggestions.

Innovation Team Feedback on BoardThing

If you have additional feedback for the Innovation Team, contact a team member, or join the NDSU Extension Innovation Facebook Group and share your thoughts there.

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Innovation in Extension: An NDSU Extension Critical Conversation

Amelia Doll from the NDSU Extension Innovation Team led this great discussion of innovation in NDSU Extension. Participants talked about:

  • What does innovation mean?
  • How can we be innovative in Extension?
  • Do we need to be innovative in Extension?

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What Does Learning Mean to You? – An NDSU Extension Critical Conversation

Recently the NDSU Extension Innovation Team had a lively discussion about the Journal of Extension article, “Redefining the Concept of Learning in Cooperative Extension." The team wanted to create a space for NDSU Extension Service faculty and staff join the conversation and talk about:

  • How do you define “learning”?
  • Is learning about retaining information?
  • Is it about applying knowledge, or is it something else entirely?

Here are some of the resources that were shared in the conversation.

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Tech Coffee Break - August 7, 2017

Our theme for the August Tech Coffee Break was "potpourri," a chance for participants to bring up whatever they wanted to. The conversation ended up centering on video.

Bob Bertsch talked about the 360Fly 360-degree video camera available for checkout from Ag Communication.

Marissa Leier from Oliver County talked about their nitrate testing video which has gotten considerable traction in Facebook.

We talked about downloading video from Facebook, using microphones when capturing smartphone video and survey response tools like PollEverywhere.

The next Tech Coffee Break will be Monday, September 11, at 3 p.m. CT.

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Tech Coffee Break - May 1, 2017

23 participants
Bob Bertsch facilitated

Bob said Ag Communication recently purchased a 360fly 360-degree camera. See https://www.360fly.com/. It’s about the size of a racquetball. It shoots 360 degrees horizontally, but doesn’t shoot all the way down so 270 degrees on vertical axis.

YouTube and other platforms now support 360-degree photography and videography. You can move your phone or the hand icon on your computer to get into the immersive environment.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxRY_L9YoQ&feature=youtu.be

The camera also can be used for still images, which would be similar to panoramic images with your smartphone. Facebook supports 360 stills.

The 360fly works with an app on your phone, so you control it via Bluetooth or wifi so you can see on your phone what the camera is seeing. Bob said it’s not traditional video so you can’t edit in Windows Movie Maker but must use its own basic editor.

Monique Stelzer and Bob plan to capture 4-H displays at the Red River Valley Fair with it.

You also can drop the video into a virtual reality device for more of a 3D feel.

You can put the camera somewhere and let it run stationary.

Ideas for 360 video

  • Field scouting or field demonstrations
  • Put it on a drone during field days
  • Set up for possible livestock handling issues
  • Inside a cab during tractor safety training
  • Horse shows

Facebook Live does 360 video, but with limited devices. 360 video probably isn’t useful if someone is just talking in the front of a room. Better use is when surroundings matter.

This camera is available for checkout from Ag Comm as soon as we get some instructions written out.

Other Sharing

Mary said they used https://www.texteventpics.com/ at a recent event. Give a phone number to participants so they could text photos to a certain number, and the photos all go into a slide show automatically. Moderator could delete photos if necessary. Photos were run on a screen during breaks. Theirs was $68 for less than 200 people. The moderators can download and save the photos.

Time-lapse photography is another way to use photography. Andy Robinson bought some time-lapse cameras for just $100 or so that he left in fields last season. He shared at fall conference last year.

Ryan uses Foldscope for macro photos. Bob was disappointed with his smartphone lens attachments, but his wife just got a new phone that came with photo attachments. TJ bought a magnifier for his iPhone but was disappointed.

Facebook Live must be done with a device, such as phone or tablet. Bob thinks they’re still working on using a camera on a computer. Attach your tablet or phone to a tripod so it’s steady, and use the rear-facing camera. Tripods can be on long legs, or short with clips or bendable legs.

Lisa knows someone who used a Phoneskope to attach his spotting scope to his iPhone.

Many phones don’t take high-quality photos or video in low light. Get external light on the subject.

Notes by Becky Koch

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