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September 23, 2008

Another Photo

We (my husband & I) occassionally get requests to bring kids (baby goats) to elementary schools in the spring. This is a photo that was taken this spring with some week old babies and the students. I think you could say that they had a good time and learned a lot.

Twitter

Twitter is very interesting to me. I think it could be really handy during our trip to Brazil. For example - when my husband and I took our trip to New Zealand we took our laptop with us. Every few days we would send a lengthy email to a huge email list of family and friends. Sometimes we would include a few photos. With twitter - you could send one short message - or a web link to an online journal or blog with all of that information.

Oh what fun!

Uploading Photos

Just wanted to try my hand at uploading photos to my blog. These were a few heifers that were part of a research study I did while in graduate school. It will be neat to do this while we are in Brazil in November.


Social Networking

I have to say that I am part of the minority it seems - I do not have a social networking page. I guess I always thought that type of thing was for "fun" uses only. I have had friends & family send me messages saying they have created a facebook page, but I have not joined in the fun. I never thought about using something like that for work or actual networking, go figure! I will really have to stretch my brain a little to think about how to use this type of site within Extension work. Maybe it would take the place of list serves. Just a thought.

September 15, 2008

Productivity Tools

When it comes to these types on online items, I seem quite comfortable. I have a gmail/google account for personal things, and I can sure see the benefit of having some items saved through Gogle Docs so that my husband and I could access them at various locations.

The "remember the milk" site is very interesting. I am constantly calling individuals to remind them of things, and then forget things myself! One can only maintain a certain number of little sticky notes, before one of them gets lost and the whole system breaks down. This may help to remedy that situation. I wonder if you can send other people reminders through this service?

I have also worked with Net Files as part of the small farms team within Extension. It is a nice way to have things shared, although it is a bit cumbersome to get into at first. The same comments could be said about UM Cal. Being in a county position, I have to maintain a number of calendars including the web version of UM Cal - this maked it a bit more of a chore.

Wikis

Okay, I will be the first to admit it - wiki's scare me! I am the type of person that is looking for hard facts. To know that people/potential Extension clients may be getting information from wikis that may not be entirely factual - oh my!

I cna definately see the benefit to having a platform of information that can be worked on by so many different sources, but I still have big concerns over the sources for that information and their credability. I see that as the biggest issue for Extension right now and into the future in all areas, not just the web.