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n preparing content for a youth audience there are a few considerations to keep in mind. The youth target audience for eXtension is K-12 of which 4-H is a part. Integrating 4-H content with the ...

n preparing content for a youth audience there are a few considerations to keep in mind. The youth target audience for eXtension is K-12 of which 4-H is a part. Integrating 4-H content with the eXtension public site is relatively straightforward. However, 4-H is not our only audience so content must be presented as a land-grant resource to a broader audience. As a land-grant resource, the knowledge base and learning environment for youth can be delivered under the eXtension banner as well as the traditional 4-H clover. Other considerations include presenting content in appropriate reading levels, accommodations for adult facilitators, safe learning environments, collaborative learning, interfacing with social media, virtual learning environments, and more. Interfacing with third party resources is critical as well in order to provide paths of learning for the individual. As the Youth SET for Life CoP transitions to the For Youth, For Life CoP, an expanded knowledge base provides a rich learning resource for all learners. The land-grant knowledge base as a starting point for youth audiences can be an excellent service to our audience. Learning forums initiated with eXtension content can expand to include other resources including new knowledge generated by the forum itself.

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  • An eLearning Environment for YouthAn Auburn University Development Project
    Directed by Dr. Tony Cook
    Extension Specialist, ACES
    Assistant Professor College of Education
    Project Leader for the eXtensionYouth Community of Practice
  • Project Overview:
    Develop and test a platform to support eLearning for 4-H and other youth in Alabama and throughout the country through eXtensionand other mechanisms. Objectives:
    • The WebNetwork and “cloud computing” environment can meet the needs of web-based learning for youth.
    • User and group management tools are developed and tested
    • Security and safety needs are addressed
    • Usability and effectiveness of a cloud computing environment are assessed
    • Collaborative learning environment is developed and tested
    • Content development can be supported in the same environment
    • Collaborative tools of the system are tested for use in content development
    • Content teams are supported to provide content in two or more areas 
    • Technical challenges can be addressed in regard to scaling up to accommodate larger audiences in both the youth learning environment and content development
    • Processes are developed for accommodating larger numbers of users and groups of users in the network
    • Multiple users and groups of users are engaged for testing of the system
    • Collaboration tools for learners are deployed and tested
  • Core Team Members:
    • Dr. Tony Cook, Extension Specialist, ACES
    • Dr. Cheryl Seals, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Computer Sciences & Software Engineering
    • Jerri Caldwell, Information Technology, ACES
    • Justus Nyagwencha, Doctoral Student, CSSE, College of Eng.
    • Kelly Price, IT Support, CSSE
    • Graduate Students
    • Work with Justus
    • Virtual environments
    • Financial literacy project – learning community development
    • Other areas as needed
  • Project Activities
    • Purchase of Server
    • Three Dell servers
    • 8GB memory, 4-250GB hard drives (2)
    • For active directory and WebNetwork installation
    • 24GB memory, 4-1TB hard drives (1)
    • For all other web support; websites, Drupal, Wordpress, etc. and as appropriate for development & testing
    • Stoneware Training
    • Dr. Cook and Justus N.
    • Content Development and eXtension pages
    • Dr. Cook and Jerri
    • Partner Development
    • Dr. Cook
  • Partner Activities:
    • For Youth, For Life Community of Practice, eXtension
    • 500+ members and interested faculty across the country
    • Bark Buddies
    • Constance Nelson, Planting Tomorrows, Inc.
    • Potential funding ($150K ?? initially…then much more)
    • Knowledge platform, learning community, mapping feature, website, learning games, virtual environments
    • Virtual Harmony
    • Dr. Andrew Stricker, Maxwell AFB
    • Virtual learning environments; Mars Challenge, Camp 4-H
    • Junior Master Gardener
    • Lisa Whittlesey, Texas A&M University
    • Collaboration on Bark Buddies and Virtual Gardens
  • Partner Activities:
    • Learning Games Laboratory
    • Barbara Chamberlin, Director
    • Bark Buddies collaboration
    • eXtensionMap@Syst (Geospatial)
    • Mapping feature for learning communities in FYFL
    • Chris Dillard, Amy Hayes
    • Crop Science for Kids
    • Dale Monks, John Brasher, Carol Utter,
    • Virtual Cotton, etc.
  • Online Social LearningEnvironments for Youth
    Developed by the eXtensionYouth Community of Practice Support Team at Auburn University
  • A reliable and credible knowledge resource for an online youth audience
     
    A safe and secure online learning environment for youth and the adults who serve them
     
    A platform for learning communities and collaborative workspace for educators from land-grant universities to contribute to a common knowledge resource for youth
    For Youth, For Life is a concept of online learning that addresses the need for a reliable knowledge platform and safe learning environment. With a four theme approach content is designed to accommodate almost any topic as well as USDA Mission Mandates for youth programming.
  • Key Aspects of FYFL Learning Network
    • Provides a safe online learning environment for school-aged youth as individual learners and as members of groups; youth learn collaboratively about real world issues via a land-grant university based knowledge platform.
    • The target audience is predominately middle grades & expanding to PreK-12+
    • 4-H, a USDA/Land-grant university youth program, is a primary audience
    • Focus on Individual Learner – Personal Profile and Learning Portfolio
    • Peer-to-Peer and Group Learning – Team Work, Collaboration, and Sharing
    • Secure Learning Environment – Closed vs. open (facebook, etc.) with age appropriate settings as users mature; i.e., age, decision-making skills, etc.
    • Interfacing with Social Media – Where youth are (facebook, YouTube, etc)
    • Interactions with adults – Parents, Educators, Mentors, Moderators, Experts
  • Knowledge Platform
    The primary learning resource is provided by youth focused Communities of Practice (CoPs). CoPs operate within eXtension which provides collective contribution of content from across the land-grant university system.
    FYFL Desktop – Cloud Environment
    Learning in the Cloud!
    Based upon the concept of cloud computing a “private cloud” is being tested for use with a youth audience as the “safe” learning network environment.
  • FYFL Desktop – Cloud Environment
  • FYFL Network Features
    eXtension in the FYFL cloud – Interface to eXtension youth pages
    Learning Community Sites and Collaborative workspace for faculty – Content teams (per subject matter)
    Development software
    Virtual Learning Environments (3rd Space)
    Learning Forums
    Global Connections
    Collaborative learning space
    Dynamic content; news type, etc.
    Safe space for peer-to-peer learning
    Group learning; 4-H clubs, classroom, other
    USDA and its international outreach efforts
    Global 4-H Network interfaces
    Land-grant Universities
    Partners
  • FYFL Network Page Types and Functions
    webOS page – FYFL version
    (Web Operating System)
    Dashboard
    Templates
    Learning Communities
    Applications
    Private Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning
    Online Tools
    Public view of FYFL
    Interface to eXtension
    Login page
    User registration
    Adults
    Youth
    Guest Users
    User pages
    Group Facilitator pages
    Group profile management
  • KXNN – Kids eXtension News Network
    KXNN presents content about work of the land-grant university.
    Youth learn about and discuss real world issues through topics presented via KXNN and respond to the topic in various ways including reports on off-line projects, video presentations, photographs, and other methods.
    Real World Issues
    Local News & Youth Experiences
    Research & Development Advancements
    Land-Grant Universities
    Youth
    Kids Extension News Network
    Youth-adult collaborative production teams creating timely news about research and programs of the university which connect to local stories and experiences of youth
    Learning Forums
    Content is posted in an online forum for a club or other group
  • Learner Engagement
    Searches lead to Basic and Main content pages
    High search probabilities
    News Feeds or other Connections
    Knowledge Platform
    eXtension youth content
    Virtual Learning
    Immersive Environments
    Social Media
    Knowledge Interfaces
    Other Sources, Partners
    Learning Forums
    KXNN
    Facilitators
    parents, teachers, helpers
    Learner Interfaces
    Individuals, Groups
  • FYFL Learning Network
    Learning Communities
    Individuals Groups Groups of Groups
    Virtual Worlds
    Immersive Environments
    Knowledge Platform
    eXtension youth content
    Land-Grant University based research & knowledge
    KXNN
    Kids eXtension News Network
    Learning Forums
    Social Media
    Facilitators - parents, teachers
    Interfaces - Other Sources, Partners
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Knowledge Platform
    • Prepared for the youth audience
    • Reading levels
    • Age appropriateness
    • Basic generic content
    • What is it?
    • Why is it important
    • How is it relevant in my world and in our world
    • More in-depth content
    • Curriculum
    • Learning modules
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Mock-up of Landing Pages – Welcome
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    Welcome to For Youth, For Life – a place for learning about many topics you may be interested in. Come, explore with us and…
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Mock-up of Landing Pages – Get SCIENCE
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    SCIENCEfor YOUTH
    Learn about the world around us! Understand how things work and…..
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Mock-up – Basic Content
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    Topic: Water
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    The technical definition of water is that it is a binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear, colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid; freezes into ice when at temperatures below 0 degrees centigrade. The water that you '''can''' see is made up of billions of molecules. Each one of these tiny molecules of water are made up of 2 atoms of hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen. It is these molecules that are constantly circulating throughout the water cycle! Water covers three-fourths of the surface of the earth. This fact makes our planet very special. The earth has more water than any other planet. It is the only planet where water exists in all three forms: gas (vapor), liquid, or solid (ice). Water is in many locations. It is in liquid form in rivers, streams and oceans. Water is in the form of ice at the North and South Poles. Water is in gas (vapor) form in the atmosphere as clouds.
    More about:
    Water
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    Our Partners offer learning experiences
    for you too 
    Related Terms: water cycle, water quality, watershed
    Join 4-H
    Other Topics:
    Science
    Health
    Live Responsibly
    Service
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Mock-up – Main Pages for Content
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    All About Water
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.
    We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    Our Partners offer learning experiences
    for you too 
    Live Responsibly
    Join 4-H
    Science
    Other Topics:
    Health
    Service
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Projections – External Knowledge Interfaces
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Projections – Community Environment Interface
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    Community Network
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.
    We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • eXtension Youth Pages
    Public Page Projections – Users Environment Interface
    These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution
    Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?
    Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you
    Auburn University
    Tuskegee University Select a different institution
    What do you want to know?
    A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…
    Users Network
    This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.
    Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.
    We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.
    In the News…
    Resource Area s
    eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.
    © 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use
  • Learning Communities
    Dynamic, appealing, and engaging learning site!
    • Interfaces with safe learning environment
    • Secure for youth twelve and under
    • Supports Collaborative Learning
    • Individuals, Groups, and Groups of Groups
    • Joint creations
    • Sharing with others
    • Map features for sharing across the globe
    • Sponsorship
    • Underwriting of content development or community site
  • Partner Engagement
    Knowledge sources and partners external to eXtension and FYFL Learning Network resources engage along common interests.
    • Identify common interests
    • Content areas
    • Determine objectives
    • Build up content areas in eXtension platform
    • Interfacing with partner educational resources
    • Engagement of youth audience
    • Target Audience (demographics)
    • Collaborative efforts
    • Jointly developed or produced products
    • Sponsorship
    • Underwriting of content development
  • Opportunities
    FYFL CoP Leadership
    • Team Coordination
    • Work Groups
    • Site support
    • Social Media
    Content Team Leadership
    • Content Development
    • Content Review
    • FAQs
    Learning Community Site Development
    • Facilitation
    • Social Media
    Safe Learning Environment
    • Protocol – group leaders, moderators
    • Youth User Guidelines
  • Contact Information:
    John A. (Tony) Cook, Ed.D.
    Extension 4-H Specialist and Project Leader
    eXtension’s For Youth, For Life Community of Practice
    214 Duncan Hall – ACES
    Auburn University, AL 36849
    E-mail: cookja1@auburn.edu
    Ph: 334.844.2233 Fax: 334.844.2262
    Jerri Hammonds
    Information Technology Specialist
    For Youth, For Life CoP
    E-mail: caldwjl@auburn.edu
    Ph: 334.444.6888