4H Roundup 2011

One of the annual presentations that I enjoy giving is at 4H Roundup.

I was a Roundup kid, and in fact, a member of the 4H Key Club!

Roundup was great as a 4H member and I have a lot of fond memories. It is also great as an adult going back and presenting the Cooperative Alliance to the members and getting them interested. I look forward to it every year and appreciate the opportunity to share.


Check out my first QR code! It will connect you to the Oklahoma NTHS website.


QR Codes

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are popping up all around us. They are in newspapers, magazines, tv commercials and elsewhere. What are they?

According to wikipedia, a QR code is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data. Read more on wikipedia.

They are also popping up in education. The scan above is from Meridian Technology Center and is the first QR code I have seen in use by a technology center.

There are lots of exciting applications for QR codes. Maybe you have a statue at the front of your campus. A quick scan of the QR code leads them to more infomration about what it is. Maybe in the classroom it can be used to direct students to online videos of a science experiment that they are conducting or lead people at your graduation ceremony to more infomration on the job market. Put them in your viewbook so a person can scan them and then watch a video specifically about the career major that they are interested in. There are lots of applications out there, your imagination is the limit.

Are you using QR codes? How are you using the codes? Just like social media, if you are going to use them, QR codes should be a part of your overall integrated marketing and recruitment strategy, not your entire strategy. Wherever the QR code goes should be branded and feel just like your website and the rest of your web presence. It should add value to the user experience and not something that you are doing, just becuase you can.

Green Country Technology Center's New Site

If you have not visited Green Country Technology Center's website lately, they have a new look and feel.

Some of our technology center websites are being recreated over the summer. Which one is your favorite?


Twitter at Summer Confernce

Have you heard? There is going to be a lot more Twitter integration at Summer Conference in 2011 and I am excited! Here is what is going on...

  • Be sure to Tweet your summer conference experience and use the hastag #okacte
  • There is going to be a live Twitter feed! Leading up to the sessions, Tweeters will have their thoughts shared with the general attendees via the hashtag #okacte There will be a screen that will show the Tweets with the hastag and your Tweets will be seen by those in attendance.
  • The first ever CareerTech Tweetup will be held right after the close of the first general session. The session is being held in the Tulsa Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2011. Share the word about the Tweetup and meet us in front of the main stage.
Follow the CareerTech Twitter account to learn more about what is happening at summer conference and Twitter, as well as get great updates all conference long. http://twitter.com/okcareertech


New Student Services Academy

I always enjoy the opportunity to present to the New Student Services Academy. Sharing about the Cooperative Alliances and Enrollment Management is a joy and I hope that they are able to take some fo the things that have been shared back with them to their schools.

Thank you to the CAC Division for letting me share, i hope you enjoy as well.

New Meridian Website

You know how we love new websites and Meridian Technology Center has just released one.

Check it out, it is pretty sweet! There are some good design points to remember if you are thinking about redoing yours.

On the front page you have
  • RSS Feed
  • Social Media Links (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
  • Phone number
  • Search
  • A link to the Board Agenda's

What are some must have's that you would of add to a website redesign for your technology center?


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