About Jeff Hino

I'm the Extension Learning Technology Leader. My goal is to help integrate technology into teaching and learning, and communicating in the Extension world. Often that means to "feel your pain" when you work with technology, and find ways to make it as easy as possible. While admittedly a techy, my favorite quote these days is "if technology is the answer, what is the question?" It's not technology for technology's sake. I look forward to being there with you in the search for value and meaning for these new tools in the great work you do.

Here is a collection of mobile applications and methods to help Extension professionals (originally posted on eXtension website.)


Helpful Applications for Extension Professionals – (no official extension endorsement of these apps by this posting.)


  • Adobe– download as PDF’s to read later
  • Skype, Facetime, GoogleHangout – video access via phone or tablet
  • QR Code – QR Reader, Scan,  link to video and websites
  • Mobile books – Kindle, Nook, iBooks
  • ClickerSchool – poll audiences using App and internet connection… no need for clickers, only uses texts from the audience
  • SOS – first aid
  • Word/office tool: Google Docs/Drive , Documents to go, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers
  • Mobile printing from phone / tablet – HP’s e-print, Google cloud printing
  • Cloud Documents – Google Docs / Drive, Dropbox, iCloud
  • E-mail – K-9 Mail, Yahoo
  • Page scanner – Image to Text
  • Evernote – Capture products (notes, documents, voice)
  • Square  – Payment gateway
  • Package tracker – UPS / Fed ex
  • Meeting scheduler – Doodle
  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pintrest, Linked in
  • Social Media Posting – Hootsuite, Facebook Pages
  • News – CNN, Fox, Smart Briefs, Flipboard, Pocket
  • Weather – Weather Bug, Weather Channel
  • Maps – Google Maps (navigate feature), Apple Maps
  • Flashlight – Flashlight (using camera flash)
  • Kids Nutrition Games – Eat this not that,
  • Allowance – iAllowance app keeps track of chores that kids are assigned
  • Extension Apps – myUNLextension, Nebraska Extension 4-H at the Fair, Feed Cost Calculator (SDSU), Backyard Farmer
  • Web Conferencing – Adobe Connect, Web Ex, Go to Meeting
  • Camping – Geocaching, Camp Ohio (4-H camp), Camp Songs)
  • Cell phone provider – check minutes, texting, data plan, so you don’t go over the limit.

Dog using iPad

Here are preliminary goals for EMDUG:

  • Encourage the effective use of mobile technology for Extension teaching, learning and communication.
  • Demonstrate tools and methods for the production and delivery of educational materials using mobile devices.
  • Provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, tools and uses of mobile devices in personal productivity, communication, teaching and learning.
  • Encourage and incorporate the use of emerging mobile presentation and delivery tools.
  • Work in a collaborative, sharing mode, rather than as a “sage on the stage.”
  • Connect our discoveries to our jobs, products and passions.
  • ..And have fun doing it.

Please feel free to add your thoughts to this list.