I’ve been working for Extension Technology for about 10.5 months now and I’m excited to finally share a portfolio piece I personally had the opportunity to work on!

Youth Teaching Youth Online Teen Teacher Training

The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth team had identified a need for more flexibility and versatility when training teen teachers. Both in-school and out-of-school time is limited for teen teachers, which often results in a shortened training session that is rich in content, but does not allow adequate time for reflection and discussion. So this project assisted them in creating a flipped classroom approach to the trainings, allowing youth to complete self-study modules that provide background on the 4-H program, ages and stages of youth development, and strategies for teaching. After completing the online modules, teens attend face-to-face trainings that offer a space for deeper practice, reflection, application, and conversation.

Another challenge the team faces is the volume of students in the program.  Because of this, we discussed the benefits and challenges of Moodle and Qualtrics for the program, and decided to try both to get feedback from the teens and program coordinators.  The verdict is still out, but we want to give you a peek at the Qualtrics module.  Please note: the teaching video shown is a compilation of clips.  Isn’t it fun to watch the teens’ energy?

This project was selected through the Extension e-Learning Proposal Process. We work with Extension Educators, Program Staff, and Faculty who offer training or education, like the Turf and Ground Field Day, Equine Demonstrations, the Local Foods College, the Serve it Up Safely Course, and the Master Gardener Core Course. They are ready to expand their reach, make education more accessible, and/or collaborate with colleagues and community members at a distance. If this is you and you’re ready for help, contact us for a consultation or propose a project!

When you are collaborating on a Google document, sometimes you just want to make a suggestion without actually changing the words. You can use the Suggesting mode to recommend changes to the document. On the right side of the toolbar, click Editing. A drop-down will appear with the option to select Suggesting mode. Anyone with “Comment” or "Edit" rights can enter text in Suggesting mode.

Note: If you do not see Editing, Suggesting or Viewing in the top right, you have view-only access to the document and should request access from the owner if you want to suggest edits.

When you are in Suggesting mode, the changes you make will be in a new color and surrounded by a bracket and deletions are shown with a strike-through. A comment will appear in the right margin. To provide additional information about your edit in the comment box, click Reply...

Anyone with editing rights on the document can accept or reject edits by clicking the checkmark or “x” buttons. Collaborators can also reply to the changes in the text box.

You can see all of the suggested edits that have been accepted or rejected in your document by clicking Comments in the top-right corner of the document.

What is the difference between Suggesting Edits and Commenting?
  • Use Comments when: you want to ask a question or make a note next to a specific section of existing text. 
    • Result: Editors can reply to your comment or click Resolve to close the comment.
  • Use Suggested edits when: you want to suggest new text to add or change in the document. 
    • Result: Editors can accept your suggestions to add it as final text or reject the suggestions to erase them.
In Viewing mode, suggestions and comments are hidden and the document displays as it will be printed. You can’t edit the document in Viewing mode.

If you download the Google document as a .docx file, suggestions will be shown as tracked changes in Word.

With PowerPoint 2013, you can narrate your presentation one slide at a time, and save the file as an MP4 video. It will save your animations, transitions and embedded media. Let's step through the process.

Record your slide show

  1. With your presentation open, on the Slide Show tab, click the Record Slide Show down arrow.
  2. Select one:
    • Start Recording from Beginning
    • Start recording from Current Slide
    • Clear
    Note: Clear is grayed out unless you have previously recorded some slides. Selecting Clear will permanently delete all of your existing narrations or timings.

  3. In the Record Slide Show box, check or uncheck the options for your recording, and click Start Recording.

    • Slide and animation timings:PowerPoint will record the time you spend on each slide, including animation and triggers on each slide. 
    • Narrations, ink, and laser pointer: Record your voice as you go through your presentation. If you use the pen, highlighter, eraser, or laser pointer, PowerPoint will record those also. 
  4. At the top left corner of the slide, use the Recording toolbar to advance to the next slide, pause or re-record

    • Click Pause to take a break during your recording. Click Resume Recording to start again
    • If you re-record, PowerPoint will erase your previously recorded narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer) before you start recording again on the same slide.
  5. To use ink, eraser, or the laser pointer in your recording, right-click anywhere on the slide, click Pointer options, and pick your tool (laser pointer, pen, highlighter, eraser)
  6. To end your recording, right-click the final slide, and click End Show
On the Slide Show tab, click From Beginning


  1. Go to the slide you want to re-record 
  2. On the Slide Show tab, click Record Slide Show down arrow 
  3. Click Start Recording from Current Slide…
  4. Record your narration
  5. Right-click to End Show

Save your presentation as a Video

  1. Save your PowerPoint presentation File > Save
  2. Click File > Export > Create a Video
  3. Under Create a Video
    • Select Presentation Quality > Largest file size and highest quality (if you plan to upload to YouTube)
    • Select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations
  4. Click Create Video
  5. Enter a filename for the video
  6. In the Save As type box, select MPEG-4, and then click Save
    • You can track the progress of the video creation by looking at the status bar at the bottom of your screen
    • The video creation process can take up to several hours depending on the length of the video and the complexity of the presentation
    • For longer videos, you can set it up so that they create overnight
  7. Your video is ready to upload to YouTube. Or to play your newly-created video, go to the designated folder location, and then double-click the file.