Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
My instinct tells me, however, that the use of Web 2.0, social networking sites is increasing - and used with increasing sophistication. There are admittedly still huge swathes of the population living in blissful ignorance of such phenomena: I have girlfriends who run screaming from the room when I twitter on about Twitter; my own brothers who have heavy weight jobs in IT shake their head in disapproval when I mention Facebook, and trying to get my academic colleagues using Blogger or Ning is a bit like trying to introduce a Sky+ box into a community of Amish. (Admittedly, I don't actually own a Sky+ box myself, and my knowledge of the Amish is restricted to repeated viewings of Witness - and only then because I like Harrison Ford...)
Anyway - to get to the point, I have recently picked up a number of interesting developments where the NHS meets social networking.
For instance: there are now a large number of Trusts and national health bodies using Twitter:
to name just a few.
I even came across some great FaceBook pages devoted to the NHS:
......and this Wiki caught my eye too....
so maybe you could now think about how you could get your message across to colleagues or users of your service using social media?
You might also want to explore other media that the NHS is using - such as YouTube:
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
The uses - and potential uses of Twitter in the Health Sector - some interesting reading and fuel to the debate on uses of technology in Virtual Team Management/ Telehealth
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Alison: how my leadership style has changed..
"... I have learned many things both about technology and its application to team work. I was aware of some means of online communication but had not related it to my working practice nor experienced its use. That has changed and I have now set up and administered a wiki which I would not have had the confidence or knowledge to do before. I have used blogs and accessed online learning. I did find the use of the wiki and online discussions very helpful to gain differing views and opinions.
I have also learned about my own abilities and am aware some of the pitfalls of leading and managing at a distance. I believed I had good communication skills but have become aware that these need to be better when the opportunity of face to face communication is not available. I have learned to listen to my team more and use every opportunity to give positive feedback rather than focussing on the negative. I will also be encouraging more reflective practice....
So what will I do now?
......... I could have used a better method for introducing the wiki to the team which may have been more successful. Instead of using email I plan to relaunch it with improved explanations of the benefits it could bring at the next team meeting . In this way I hope to better motivate the team to embrace new technology and to look for other means of improving the service to patients. It will also encourage the team members to think as a team and communicate with each other more consistently.
My Myers Briggs personality is ISFJ which means I like structure, hierarchy and organisation all features that are difficult with a dispersed team . I will need to work on being less controlling and more trusting of my team members’ abilities to allow them to develop their own skills. "
Alison Pendlowski is Deputy Head of Speech & Language Therapy at Perth Royal Infirmary
Monday, 10 August 2009
This is a guide I have developed for students who are having to write a blog for the first time as part of their studies.
Whatever the format and purpose of your blog, this guide is intended to give you some ideas about how to get started, what sort of things to blog about and how to do it safely and easily.
First you might want to look at this short video
And here’s a blog entry about the usefulness of blogging.
Here’s another blog exploring the value of the blog in learning…..
If you are setting up your own, web-based blog, a good place to start is Blogger.com where you will find simple and clear instructions on how to begin and how to customise and develop your own blog.
A great way to start with blogs is to read other people’s first, so you get an idea of what you want to write about and the style you might want to adopt. Here are some others to look at- as you see the topics and intended audience can be very varied:
See if you can find others – search via Google blog search or “blogs of note” on Blogger.com
Key tips for blogging
*Start with a short introduction about yourself and your blog and invite people to make comments, giving you feedback.
*Most people feel very self conscious when they first start to blog and think they have nothing to say that anyone else will be interested in reading. Gradually your confidence will increase – but only if you practise. As with most things, little and often is the key.
*Blogs don’t all need to be in words! You can easily upload pictures and even videos to illustrate what you want to say, as you will have noticed in some of the blogs listed above.
*One important tip is not to write your blog first in a different programme (say, a Word document) and then attempt to cut and paste it into the blog. Although technically this is possible, you will probably encounter problems with the formatting and the finished product won’t look the way you intended.
*Don’t forget that you can edit and re-edit your blog as often as you like (in Blackboard, just click on “edit” at the top of the entry. With Blogger you can save entries as drafts until you are quite sure you want to publish them – but even then you can go back and change them at any time!
*Make sure you stay within copyright law if you are using videos, pictures or quotes: everything needs to be fully acknowledged and referenced just as in a conventional assignment; you may also need others’ permission to use their images or illustrations.
*Take care of your digital identity! A simple guide and workbook on the protection of your privacy and development of a positive online identity can be found in this free download
*Blogs can be used for collaboration and as forums for discussion: a post by one user can have a number of comments added which takes the form of a conversation between the author and their audience.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
itunes - educational podcasts: I found a series of Spanish podcasts that have transformed my learning of the language, convincing me there has to be more value in this medium than I currently exploit more with my own students
Twitter - the place for links, updates, chat, sharing, collecting opinions, professional and social networking
Ning - I have been part of two really valuable Ning communities for learning this year: I really like its flexibility, the attractive designs available. I intend to use it with my own students in the coming year.
Skype - invaluable for tutorials with my students and yet again for my own Spanish language studies: I meet with a teacher on line every fortnight to practice conversation
elluminate Vroom - free on line classroom (for up to three people)
Wimba create - bit of a fan currently - using to develop on line learning materials for Blackboard-hosted courses.
Camstudio - screencapture software (free download) which can be edited in movie maker with separate audio if needed.
Slideshare - upload powerpoint presentations and documents to share easily with others. Source of great learning resources too
Googledocs - brilliant tool for collaboration and sharing
Blogger - still there as my blog tool of choice
and number 11 would be diigo.com - social bookmarking site: save web links, network, create discussion groups, annotate pages and store notes.