It’s Time to Join the Educational Technology Learning Network!

Ed Tech Learning Network

eXtension’s newest learning network is getting off the ground and ramping up for an active future within Cooperative Extension. It’s often not easy to see what might be ahead for a community OR how you might fit should you choose to join that group. Learning network leader, Jamie Seger, The Ohio State University, took time to answer a couple of questions related to the new Educational Technology Learning Network.

What’s in it for me?

Putting examples of how to successfully integrate technology into actual practice! The new Educational Technology Learning Network will provide sharing and learning opportunities among both Extension professionals and private sector technology experts to foster successful use of technology integration into Extension programming across the nation. The old format of only learning how Extension colleagues use technology during conferences, then returning with little direction as to where to begin, is in the past. Building a collaborative and cooperative network of professionals who support one another in their innovative programming efforts is the way of the future!

How can I get involved?

We’ve created an eXtension Community for the Learning Network at the following link: http://go.osu.edu/eXtEdTechCommunity Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the Learning Network in some capacity is invited to request to join the Community, particularly those with an interest in sharing technology as it applies to our Extension work. Get involved even further by sharing your EdTech story on the community page or posting online with #EdTechLN: what you’re using, how you are using it, and what you would like to accomplish (goals) using educational technologies.

This Learning Network and its membership will become a national leader in sharing what software, apps or technology work well through blogging and other social media, as well as training peers nationally in the most effective use possible.

The Ed Tech Learning Network blog and social media channels will go live September 1. Information for both will be forthcoming. For more information contact Jamie Seger [seger.23@cfaes.osu.edu], Jerry Thomas [jthomas@extension.org], Paul Hill [paul.hill@usu.edu] or Barbara Chamberlin [bchamber@nmsu.edu].