Archive for October, 2011

eXtension Virtual State Fair, October 26-29, 2011

The 4th annual eXtension Virtual State Fair event in Second Life, October 26-29, 2011, offers a fine opportunity to join colleagues for a visit to an immersive, social virtual world. New this year is the Land Grant University Expo, highlighting virtual world projects by educators around the country, with group tours departing for their regions each day. Enjoy live performers streaming music into Second Life at 8pm EDT nightly on the Midway Bandstand and discover the secrets of our haunted Morrill Manor. Find your way to the fair by going to http://secondlife.com/destination/virtual-state-fair. Download a flyer on the State Fair here:

Virtual State Fair 2011 Flyer

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October 2011 Extension Professional Development

In addition to the National eXtension Virtual Conference (NeVC2011) scheduled for October 17, 18 and 19 with keynotes and discussion each day, October holds a number of other topics for your professional development! See the list of PD events at http://learn.extension.org. For each topic you’ll find a description, date/time and length, as well as information on where to connect to the online session.

Professional development offered by extension colleagues on each of these topics is listed at http://learn.extension.org. Pick a topic, and attend through your computer browser! If you or your colleagues offer professional development online that’s open to others in Cooperative Extension, please add the information at Learn.extension.org by logging in with your eXtensionID and click “Create a new PD event.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

OCTOBER

October 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM EDT for 75 minutes, An Online Roundtable Discussion of the State of Program and Staff Development in Extension
October 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM EDT for 45 minutes, Freshwater Aquaculture: What is a CoP and how to maintain it
October 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT for 45 minutes, Twitter #Hashtags for conferences, causes, chats, and connecting with people of similar interests.
October 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 120 minutes, Creating Charts & Graphs with Excel
October 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT for 60 minutes, Webinar: Low-calorie sweeteners and weight — webinar for health educators
October 12 1:00 PM ET Getting Started in Second Life
October 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, Being Prepared: Is Your Business Prepared to Survive a Disaster
October 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 75 minutes, Flooding and Organic Certification
October 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT for 180 minutes, National eXtension Virtual Conference: Keynote & Discussion with Howard Rheingold (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Rheingold)
October 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT for 180 minutes, National eXtension Virtual Conference: Keynote & Discussion with Robin Good (http://www.masternewmedia.org/about.htm)
October 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 180 minutes, National eXtension Virtual Conference: Keynote & Discussion with Paulette Robinson
October 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, For Youth, For Life CoP
October 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, How to Breed for Organic Production Systems
October 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT for 180 minutes, National eXtension Virtual Conference: Keynote & Discussion with Clay Shirky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Shirky)
October 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 180 minutes, National eXtension Virtual Conference: Keynote & Discussion with Steven Rosenbaum (http://www.steverosenbaum.magnify.net/)
October 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, Human Resource Management: Being a Boss or Building Relationships
October 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, eXtension Critical Success Factors and Metrics National Discussion
October 21, Noon ET Getting Started in Second Life
October 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM EDT for 90 minutes, Proper Closure of Earthen Manure Storage Structures
October 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, eXtension Critical Success Factors and Metrics National Discussion
October 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT for 120 minutes, eBook Conversion
October 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 75 minutes, Plan For Marketing Your Organic Products
October 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, eXtension Critical Success Factors and Metrics National Discussion
October 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM EDT for 60 minutes, Developing Mobile Apps for Disaster Education

NOVEMBER
November 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM EDT for 60 minutes, Institutional Team Web Conference
November 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT for 75 minutes, Root Media and Fertility Management for Organic Transplants
November 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST for 75 minutes, Tracking Your Produce–For Your Business and Health Webinar
November 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST for 60 minutes, The 1099 Economy
November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST for 60 minutes, How to Design and Analyze Experiments Using an Augmented Design
November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST for 60 minutes, Appropriate Drug Use and Residue Avoidance Practices
November 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST for 60 minutes, For Youth, For Life CoP
November 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST for 75 minutes, Starting Up Small-Scale Organic Hops Production
November 17, 2011 at 1;00 PM EST for 60 minutes, How to Use Double Haploids to Improve Winter Wheat

Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. All sessions are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. You may indicate your interest on the page for each PD Event at http://learn.extension.org (log in with your eXtensionID). Great opportunities to learn together.

For complete descriptions and details go to http://learn.extension.org/. See information for each session, an overview of upcoming eXtension Professional Development sessions, links to historical sessions (and recordings once they are available). Log-in with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance of the offered sessions. Add your professional development events that are open to extension.

Include your favorite session links in Twitter, Facebook and more! If your extension service or CoP has held professional development and has an open recording available, add it at learn.extension.org!
Any web-based professional development sessions open to Cooperative Extension may be listed at http://learn.extension.org. Look there under Upcoming Events (http://www.extension.org/learn/events/upcoming), browse by recent tags, or search to find professional development in your areas of interest. If you know of professional development events that are open to Cooperative Extension but not yet listed there, please add them by clicking “Create a new PD Event.” Each event then has a URL that may be used to share with colleagues! Each PD event page includes the title, description, presenters, link for participation and recording, as well as a check box to show your interest and/or participation in the event.

Questions or comments… contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org”>beth.raney@extension.org

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Apples Resource Area New on eXtension

Just in time for apple harvest time, eXtension has a new online resource about growing apples. The new resource area has information about apple production, cultivars and rootstocks for commercial apple producers, home gardeners, nursery professionals and anyone interested in growing and eating apples. http://www.extension.org/pages/61039/growing-apples:-new-resource-area-on-extension has details.

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eXtension Experts Offer Free October Webinars for the Public

Wednesday, October 5 — Material and Design Considerations for Building in Wildfire Prone Areas, http://www.extension.org/pages/55844/ewin-live-webcast-information
Tuesday, October 11 – Presentations from the Tomato Disease Workshop, http://www.extension.org/pages/60652/solcap-workshop-at-tdw-2011-webinar
Wednesday, October 12 — Low-calorie Sweeteners and Weight: A Webinar for Health Educators, http://www.extension.org/pages/60708/webinar:-low-calorie-sweeteners-and-weight-webinar-for-health-educators
Thursday, October 13 — Disaster and Small Business Preparation and Survival, http://www.extension.org/pages/60250/entrepreneurs-their-communities-webinar-series
Thursday, October 13 — Flooding and Organic Certification , http://www.extension.org/pages/60874/flooding-and-organic-certification-webinar
Tuesday, October 18 — How to Breed for Organic Production Systems , http://www.extension.org/pages/60445/how-to-breed-for-organic-production-systems-webinar
Tuesday, October 18 — Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Ponies, http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/webcasts/oct_2011
Thursday, October 20 — Human Resource Management: Being a Boss or Building Relationships, http://www.extension.org/pages/29156/upcoming-dairy-cattle-webinars
Friday, October 21 — Proper Closure of Earthen Manure Storage Structures, http://www.extension.org/pages/15370/upcoming-webcasts-livestock-and-poultry-environmental-learning-center:
Tuesday, October 25 — Plan For Marketing Your Organic Products, http://www.extension.org/pages/60942/plan-for-marketing-your-organic-products-webinar

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NeVC2011: Outstanding Professional Development! Free! Avoid Travel Hassles!

Excellent speakers! Rapid-fire interaction! No registration! No fees! No airline hassles! No per diems to worry about! No weird kids kicking the back of your seat! No airport parking nightmares! Sound enticing? Sound like your idea of professional development heaven?

Then join us October 17, 18, & 19 for the National eXtension Virtual Conference!!!

The Cooperative Extension System’s 2011 National eXtension Virtual Conference brings together an outstanding lineup of speakers for More Mind Reach, October 17, 18, & 19, 2011. Anyone working to reach and interact with the public will be interested in this active and reactive virtual conference designed to build your knowledge skill set about the changing world of information today and for the future.

To see recordings of the NeVC2011 go to: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/recordings/NeVC2011/default.htm

The NeVC2011 will also be available in Second Life. Click here for connection information.

We realize that many of these sessions might fall during your lunch break. Grab your lunch, gather some colleagues around your desktop or laptop, and stay tuned for an outstanding professional development experience!

Speakers

Howard Rheingold

“Using Social Media in Learning and Co-learning”

Howard Rheingold [http://www.rheingold.com] is an internationally syndicated author of the weekly Tomorrow column, author of best-sellers Virtual Reality and The Virtual Community, and editor of best-seller The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. More information about Howard can be found here: http://www.rheingold.com/howard or here: http://socialmediaclassroom.com/ and follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hrheingold He will kick off the NeVC2011 on Monday, October 17 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Robin Good

“How Social Media, Curation and Infotention Will Transform Your Future”

Robin Good is an online writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and the publisher of www.MasterNewMedia.org an online magazine devoted to the effective use of new media technologies for business and communication. Though he has not published one yet, his work is mentioned in over 100 books and his writings have been read by nearly 10 million people in 2010. Robin Good has introduced and expanded the concept of “news radars” and curators since 2004, and now he actively curates multiple topics at: http://scoop.it/u/RobinGood You can follow Robin on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/robingood Robin will speak on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Paulette Robinson

“Out of this World: Virtual Worlds in Government”

Paulette Robinson leads the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds, government, industry, and academia interested in virtual world use for confronting and solving common issues and is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University. Follow Paulette on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/@VW_govie Paulette will speak on Tuesday, October 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Clay Shirky

“Social Media, Curating, and Convening: Getting Value from Group Interaction”

Clay Shirky [http://www.shirky.com/] is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2008) and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (2010) and studies the effects of the Internet on society. Learn more about Clay here: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/ or here: http://www.shirky.com/ Follow Clay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/cshirky Clay will speak on Wednesday, October 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Steven Rosenbaum

“Curate The Cloud. How Too Much Information Puts Humans Back In Charge”

Steven Rosenbaum [http://www.steverosenbaum.magnify.net/] is the author of Curation Nation an exploration of the emerging phenomenon of human organization and publishing of content. He is also the founder of Magnify.net and the creator of MTV News Unfiltered. Learn more about Steven here: http://www.steverosenbaum.magnify.net/ or here: http://curationnation.org/pages/aboutsteven Follow Steven on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/magnify Steven will speak on Wednesday, October 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Each NeVC2011 keynote presenter will speak for 45-minutes. After a short break, you, as an attendee, may join an interactive conversation via telephone, Connect chat or Twitter to gain more insight into each of these topics with the presenter, facilitators, and reactors.

All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Begin following NeVC2011 on Twitter at #nevc2011 and JOIN us October 17, 18, 19!!!

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