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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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Tech Coffee Break - April 3, 2017

Joe Zeleznik facilitated. Today’s topic: Online Learning Platforms and Tools

Joe defines webinar as one way and distance meeting as two way. Extension programs usually are a bit of both: presentation but with discussion and evaluation.

Carrie Johnson shared with the Innovation Team a document she helped developed on webinar best practices: http://www.msuextension.org/solidfinances/documents/webinarbestpracticesworksheets.pdf

Joe shared Carrie’s document: audience demographics, content planning, selecting software features, marketing plan and evaluation plan.

Joe has used Blackboard Collaborate, though he hasn’t used the quizzes, etc. much.

Dena said sharing a desktop for just a few people seems to work well in Skype.

Yolanda said they use Collaborate for Spring Fever Forums and have a few issues, but those probably are bandwidth. Collaborate Ultra has been glitch free. The screen interface is a bit different. Alicia said the sound is a lot better and more user friendly.

TJ has used Go2Webinar with the Entomological Society of America.

Joe said some other states use Adobe Connect, which works well with large audiences. Some other states are using Zoom, which those who have taken part in Zooms say is really easy.

Kim said FCS uses Skype for monthly FCS agent and Parent Resource Center meetings.

Zoom and Collaborate have breakout rooms. Mary said it was almost like being face to face, very productive.

How to make meetings more productive?

Zooms requires video so you can see each other.

Alicia thinks Zoom can handle more cameras at once so it feels like you’re sitting down together.

In breakout rooms, it’s easier to call on people.

The person running the meeting needs to do more planning.

Kim said engaging people is the key to learning face to face or by distance. Don’t be afraid to call people out. Some topics do lend themselves more to processing rather than immediately responding, though. The large group in Spring Fever Forums would be tough, so questions afterward work better.

Amelia suggested the book “Sit and Get Won’t Grow Dendrites” for ideas on how to engage learners. A lot of the ideas can be tweaked for distance and for Extension.

Often one person throws out a question that several people have.

Kim Bushaw did a video series on teaching adult learners that has strategies for engaging learners, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLis-I1bOFSLVRHByWTepTu32mRVRhYtuZ.

Mary taught about the decision matrix during a Community Vitality Wednesday Webinar. It required people to pay attention and participate before they could move on to the next slide.

Joe has had mixed success with sharing videos. Sending the link to have participants go to the URL seemed to work better.

Amelia and Alicia have difficulties using Skype for Business outside NDSU.

Several people encouraged everyone to keep their Skype for Business on for quick instant messages and to save on long-distance calls.

If someone doesn’t have the Skype for Business app, a meeting invitation should open in a browser. Bob said it probably won’t work on a phone’s browser. Skype for Business is now the phone app (not Lync), which uses data, not minutes. Becky said some NDSU people are checking out if phone option can be added for not much money.

Facebook Live

TJ will be using it this summer. Bob figured out front-facing vs. rear-facing camera since it flips the image. Also had to figure out some audio issues. External microphones helped improve sound quality quite a bit.

NDSU Extension Facebook Live video archive are at https://www.facebook.com/pg/NDSUExtension/videos. It is live to interact with people, but Facebook automatically records it so you can publish it. Of course, you can simply record ahead and upload a video to Facebook. TJ’s goal is to broadcast from field sites with problems as they arise. He bought some additional lenses, but isn’t satisfied with them yet.

Here's a Let's Communicate article Ag Comm did on FB Live, https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/lets-communicate/ndsu-extension-facebook-live-events-get-700-views.

Sonja just read about a portable USB microscope at http://plugable.com/products/usb2-micro-250x/.

Ag Comm Webinar Ideas

Maybe demo equipment available for checkout through Ag Comm.

Notes by Becky Koch

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Tech Coffee Break - March 6, 2017

The focus of this Tech Coffee Break was the Office 365 migration from NDSU servers to the University System servers starting March 10.

If you use Outlook (whether email on your computer or webmail), OneDrive for Business, SharePoint or Skype for Business, the Office migration will affect you.

Ag Communication Computer Services is providing explanation and how-to instructions on its NDSU Office 365 Migration to Start on March 10 page. ITS also has created an Email and Office 365 Migration website.

To make sure you don’t lose your email contacts, SharePoint documents and other information, please take action now. Review the ACCS website and follow through with what affects you.

After you’ve read the website, you’re welcome to contact Jerry, Jon or Blair at ndsu.agtech@ndsu.edu

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Tech Coffee Break - February 6, 2017

Ryan Buetow facilitated, 18 participants

Ryan reminded the group that last month we talked about the importance of backing up and options to do so. See recording and notes here.

Dave Franzen talked about the North Dakota Crop Nitrogen Calculator app. This app provides three NDSU crop nitrogen recommendation calculators for use in North Dakota corn, spring wheat, and corn, respectively.The app is available for both Android and iPhone.

As soon as Dave announces it at meetings, farmers pull out their phones and start downloading. The native app has similar function as the interactive website. The Extension publication also is in the app.

Ryan said the NDSU Pest Management app is another great one.

Chris Augustin uses a soil app that uses GPS to pinpoint the location and web soil survey results.

Becky and Bob described Disaster Recovery Log, Winter Survival Kit and Small Business Disaster Plan, which were all funded with NIFA Smith-Level Special Needs grants. Disaster Recovery Log has been updated. It helps people take photos, add audio, jot notes, etc. to record damage when they return after a disaster. The Winter Survival Kit can estimate how long your gas can last and reminds you to remove snow from your tailpipe in addition to storing information that can automatically notify contacts if you’re stuck. Small Business Disaster Plan was just released last fall, and it’s for small-business owners and managers to create their plans (crisis manager, backup location, evacuation and shelter-in-place plans, inventory, etc.), including photos.

NDSU apps that Ag Comm is aware of are marketed at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps off the Extension home page.

Becky said Qualtrics and Excel now can quickly and easily create interactive applications. Dave Ripplinger and Brenda Vertin used Qualtrics to create simple apps to gather data at meetings.

Ryan uses Snapchat and Instagram to connect with his audiences. The NDSU homecoming Snapchat geofilter was used quite a bit in the short time.

Kelli said Ag Comm used Facebook Live for three events planned specifically for FB Live: behind the scenes during Sound Ag Advice with Daryl Ritchison, Julie Garden-Robinson with holiday foods and Carrie Peterson on being financially fit. Kelli said they’re trying to figure out why engagement is low when live, but quite a few views afterward. Kelli encouraged staff to use it live if they’re seeing something out in the field. Ag Comm is going to try a FB Live event per month.

Bob said events are more difficult than activities, especially since audio is challenging and it’s important to have someone to follow the chat to post. Also, it’s often a challenge to get high-quality video of both the person and the PowerPoints, which usually are used, especially if the lights are low. Bob said there are other better options for getting workshops online rather than FB Live.

Janet Wanek uses Circle by Disney, which registers all your devices and can limit, for example, how much time each kid can spend on wifi. SoundHound tells you the name and lyrics of a song you’re hearing. Bob said if you open Google Search, there’s a music note that will do the same thing.

Julianne recommended the Plant Images app from International Plant Nutrition, and she said Bar Chart is a good app for marketing clubs.

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Tech Coffee Break - January 9, 2017

Dena Kemmet began the coffee break with introductions of Jon Fry and Jerry Ranum from Ag Communications. The topic was Data Backup prior to NDUS Office 365 Migration.

First of all, make sure there is a copy of your data in another location. There are many options available. Make sure you know where your files are located.

On campus there are a couple of options. Shared drives and personal drives, they are backed up.

Off campus all are different. Some have shared drives and personal drives also. Your shared drives should be backed up.  Servers will also backup.

One Drive for Business. They are not sure what will or won’t transfer so hold off on using One Drive.

Google Drive is a good alternative. Drop Box is not recommended because of security issues.

Another option is an External Hard Drive that you can take with you. There is plenty of space and can cost $100 or less.

Can also use thumb drives and flash drives. These are not the most reliable though. Draws backs can be lost, misplaced.

Can also backup on Ag Comm Computer Services.  Jon or Jerry will put more information on that option in Becky Koch’s, “Lets Communicate.”

There are so many different kinds of external drives. IT can recommend some that are big enough to handle information. 2 TB is plenty big for backing up. Some also have their own software but there are some issues with that.

Windows 7 or 10 have backups built in. They have been pretty reliable, but not easy to set up. Good instructions though. IT will have that information up on their website.

Jon reiterated to have a hard drive that’s big enough.

Dena Kemmet asked about cost share for the external hard drives. Jon said It is possible, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Someone brought up that that some people didn’t have a photo showing in this session. Dena said she knows Kari Presler uploaded a photo but it couldn’t be seen. Jerry Ranum typed that sometimes there are 2 different places to set that, in Skype and in Office 365.

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