Wrapping it Up...
This class has been a great way to get a better feel for the many technology tools available to Extension employees. When I returned to my first blog entry to review what I'd like to learn ("blogging in an educational setting"), I had no idea I'd learn so much more.
There were several tools that were totally new to me: RSS feeds, Flickr, Google Docs and Twitter. Of these four, the RSS feeds and Google Docs, will be the most beneficial in my work.
I had dabbled in podcasting and UMConnect before, and this course provided more exposure to those tools. Since this course started, I've actually written a podcast script and have produced a podcast for a project I'm planning to complete with Nutrition Ed Assistants... I'll be a 'presenter' in a UMConnect meeting tomorrow, which will definitely improve my web conferencing skills. I'd also like to try an NEA Monthly meeting using UMConnect (maybe this winter, when the roads are slick, and we can't meet face to face!). I've toyed with the idea of offering a regional blog for the NEAs, and possibly a chat room on our regional portal. Lots to do!
One unexpected takeaway for me was the possibility of using FaceBook or MySpace in an educational setting. Is there a way that NEAs can connect with their participants via social networking?
So- the Extension 2.0 class was well worth my time to take. Thanks for the opportunity!