eXtension Seeking Example Projects for Horizon Report – The 56 experts developing the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021 (Horizon Report) have selected topics and trends for the report, which will be released in September 2016. All Extension professionals are invited to submit projects to the panel for possible inclusion as examples representing current and emerging work. This story on the NMC website provides the topics and submission instructions. Deadline is August 1, 2016. For more information, see https://extension.org/2016/07/14/horizon-call-for-submissions-project-stories/.
About National Investments – Please see http://bit.ly/CESAssessmentBasic for an explanation of Cooperative Extension assessments in to support ECOP National Leadership. This is an investment in Extension’s total system/network in order to benefit state and local programming. Also at this site at www.extension.org/ecop are documents, including rules of operation, operating guidelines, meeting minutes, and more that describes the work of ECOP.
New Mexico State’s Educational Videos, Apps and Games – Jon Boren, Extension Director, New Mexico State University, calls your attention to a rich library of electronic resources in 4-H youth development, agriculture, and family and consumer sciences. See http://mediaproductions.nmsu.edu; apps at http://apps.nmsu.edu, and videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/nmsuaces and https://www.youtube.com/user/LearningGamesLab. A recent release is an iPad game called Night of the Living Debt, focusing on financial literacy all while the player is immersed in a fight for survival against zombie bill collectors. Intended for high school age learners, Night of the Living Debt gives students a solid foundational understanding of credit and debt management at a point in their lives when the topic may seem confusing and overwhelming. Download the game for your iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/night-of-the-living-debt/id1057651605?ls=1&mt=8. For agriculture, an example is a free iOS App Southwest Plant Selector made for gardeners and homeowners in the southwest region. The app features an extensive database of drought-tolerant plants (750+) suitable for the Southwest region of the United States. Each entry includes photos, seasonal planting information, and gardening tips, and users can create “favorites” lists to keep track of the plants they are most interested in. Download the app and start planting at http://www.xericenter.com/swplants. For family and consumer sciences, see the food safety video series Don’t Wash Your Chicken! created for learners of all ages to alert them to the dangers of cross-contamination from bacteria present on raw chicken. This series of cooking demos, comic strips, and short telenovela-style videos explains why not washing raw chicken helps stop the spread of foodborne illness. You can watch the video series on the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=192C-iKRgFg&list=PLAfTd1WG38jgWOHwkjEmQfgohpLzxL0xK&index=1. Barbara Chamberlin leads this work at NMSU. She was the winner of the national Excellence in Extension award in 2011.