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Using Digital Technology in Extension Education now available in flipping book format

Using Digital Technology in Extension Education has been reissued as a flipping book. First published in September 2020 as a website, the publication provides timely content that aims to help Cooperative Extension professionals consider the role of technology in their work, and perhaps increase the adoption of technology, particularly social media. The information in the publication provides both food for thought and practical information that will enable readers to apply what they’ve learned and take action. The content was written and curated by eleven Cooperative Extension professionals from the University of California ANR, UC Davis, Oregon State University, Fort Valley State University, and the Extension Foundation. In addition, a technology expert from private industry contributed a perspective piece.

Contents of the publication include:

  • A series of perspective essays that explore the nature of technology in Cooperative Extension work and what the future may hold;
  • An exploration of two featured technologies with case studies, including Connect Extension and Instagram;
  • A section on leveraging the digital information – content – we already produce using technology, including resources about search engine optimization;
  • Technology reports;
  • Suggested resources for additional learning opportunities; and
  • A selection of blog posts that provide additional information to help readers stay abreast of technology topics.

The development of the publication was supported by the Extension Foundation’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA.

A note about our Publications:The Extension Foundation has recently released several new and previously published titleson a wide range of topics including climate and extreme weather, Northeast ecosystems services assessment, DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications (now numbering two dozen) here.New publications are released on a regular basis, so please check back often.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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