Technology at it’s finest. #mosomelt

So over the last I have been working on putting on a conference with some of out paramedic students. #spanz17  Last week was the finish of all the work we had put in.

One of the things that I found most interesting was that they are keen to try new things, when it come to showing off a product.  I use the word product as that what our conference was a product of both our Paramedic department and our students.

So Twitter…. The student group of 12 were at #spanz16 last year and a lot of them started to understand the relevance of twitter to medical education.  They set the goal of getting this conference on twitter as much as possible.  But also understanding the impact we as a small student lead conference could have.  We got hooked into a hashtag and then got into a website called  They are working on a project based around Healthcare Hashtags.

Twitter could be used so many ways in our program and included in how we teach the students and get them to explore FOAMed.  Be interesting to walk forward as 3 of us within the team try and get twitter onboard and working in the paramedicine program.

And interesting the person who lead the tweeting was watching all the way from the UK.

Below are the analytics for the conference.

But I still don’t know what any of this means.  If someone knows how to work this out let me know.

Live streaming…….. How cool is this invention!!!!!!

We hooked into some help and got the whole conference streamed.  This was interesting as the students found what we needed ad then tried to get it working.  We got a lot of help from the AUT events people and they were able to supply the equipment. It was interesting to watch how it all played out.  We had 3 ex students watching it from the UK. A couple of students watching at work and a dr from Oz watching the whole thing. 

A strange but very cool moment was when we had Dr Andy Swain speaking to the students via Skype and a student in the UK watching the live streaming asking questions. This opens up so much for us as lecturers and who we can get to lecture to our students and from where. 

One of the things I’m learning about is how the tech needs to be easy to use. I am now using this iPad Pro more and more and slowly getting an understanding of how to use this great machine.

It does help that it is a 12.9 IPad Pro.

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Tracking if it works.

So I have away had a problem with KPI’s (key performance indicators).

However as I grow older I seem to understand that you have to be able to prove and justify the things you do. 

I have been exploring Hootsuite and Tweet deck over the last few days and exploring how I can use them in my teaching. 

After a discussion with a friend (@paramedickiwi) he pointed me in the direction of 

This allows me to track important healthcare hashtags. The main one we using at the moment are #autpara #mesh360 #teamaut #spanz17

What Symplur allows you to do is track and show your reach within twitter. Therefore allows to to show your manager who is talking about what.

Looking forward to reporting back.

So now it’s a real thing! #vrparamedicine #mosomelt

Wow…things can move fast. I’m writing this as I sit on a plane heading to Wellington heading to Student Paramedic Australaia Conference where I have been ask to present on “VR in Parameicine – the future as we see it”. Last minute ask but I will take it!! This is a conference for student paramedic who are starting in a career that I am very proud of and they are the future of my chosen profession. I have promised to put my PowerPoints up. Although I will remove the HOD favourite award photo Steve. Sorry.

Interesting that this weeks activitie is around online profiles. This is something that I have struggled with as it feels like a look how good I am sell job. Which I suppose it is but just hard to sell yourself. This made me think how Samsung must of looked at my email when I  sent it asking for stuff. I sure they would of though who is this clown asking for free stuff. If they had of looked, what would of they found in my online profile. I’m hoping the good stuff. And they don’t judge on some of those photos when I thought I was 10 feet tall and bulletproof. Thankfully they replied and we are meting with them next week.

So back to the exciting stuff. I had been speaking with my HOD about some of the VR stuff and he asked me to present something at a team meeting. So I put something together. We ran out of time in the meeting but the key being that the idea was down on paper. I sent it through to Tony. And as it stands he has presented it twice, once within AUT and once to a key industry company and low and behold they like the idea. So now it’s time to start writing a business plan and costing. Also a plan on how to put VR in to the Paramedicine program. Which will be good for my portfolio.

Just worked out I didn’t post this.

Google Docs.. Where have you been??? #mosomelt


So last week I started to roll the ball with an idea that I had last year as a part of the #mosomelt last year.  The idea that we could get Virtual Reality into our assessment and tutorials and this would therefor help our students in getting the scene they at too work for them and use the information at the scene to help them to treat their patient. They say good things take time but I’m embarrassed to say this is taking too much time.  I could give you some reasons but at the end of the day they would be excuses. Thankfully Thom has hung around and put up with me.

Some of it comes down to being scared of the idea not working.  What if the students don’t get into?? What if my idea doesn’t work outside my head??  Cause everything works in my head.

So I started with writing a proposal to Samsung for some gear we need.  Again this is new for me.  Kind of hard to go to a company and ask for equipment for an idea that may or may not work.  However, there is lots of help on Youtube!!!!!!  Not sure the guys liked my first draft which started with “Hey Samsung give us some free shit!!!!”  I thought it was straight to the point.

So last year Thom was carrying on about Google docs.  Well this is the first time I started using google docs.  And wow. I have found that I keep watching and looking for changes.  Thom was the first and gave us the body of what we needed to say.  Steve has seen it and now waiting for him to put his 10 cents in.  I find myself checking my phone to see if he has done it yet.  Patience is not something I have been good at.  I look forward to getting this proposal into Samsung’s hands.

This week I also opened my google community to my students in my paper.  Mixed results.  Some of it was my fault.  I spoke about it in a lecture and then just hoped to see some students show up.  Well I spend the first 2 days watching as no one showed up.  So then I advertised on blackboard and some started to show up.  So lesson learnt that I need to sell it better and make is easier to join next semester.  Also I find that there are students in the “just tell me what I need to do to pass” club. I wonder how to get these students engaged.

Crazy what you learn when you open to it.

Twitter and other things in between #mosomelt

So has been an interesting week with exploring Twitter.

Monday we were having a discussion about Ketamine (a drug that is used in Paramedicine and by vets). It seems to be a drug that divides medics. It is also a new drug that medical staff are still learning about. There seemed to be 2 very strong views in the office. I thought that I would fire out a tweet to a Dr I knew had done a lot of study in ketamine. Not really thinking anything would come out of it. Was surprised when within 10 minutes he come to the tweet with opinions and studies. A few other doctors from around the world pitch in too. Did help that he backed up what Stephen and I were talking about. Was interesting how small the world was because of Twitter.

This then lead on to my experience with Twitter on Tuesday where I fired out a tweet with the video attached below. I have a strong interest in FOAMed. A movement that also divides the medical field. Some are for it and some against it. Even within our department. I put out a tweet with this video attached. Just stating that it was a very balanced view of FOAMed. There ended up being a very interesting discussion. Including the Dr in the video. I was also able to get interesting research articles about FOAMED.

Ended the day with revisiting the idea of #vrparamedicine. Now to write the letter…. more to come.



Silence…….. #mosomelt

Been an interesting week.
Have been meeting with Thom and 2 other of the paramedic lecture team over the summer. As usual I have lots of ideas and very hard to put them into practise.
Had my first lecture last week. As part of my 5 hrs lectures I had a good friend @paramedickiwi come in and discuss the global movement of FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical education). Was interesting to see their reaction to learning online and the use of Twitter in medical education. When asked about who in a class of 85ish used Twitter……. there was silent and 2 hands raised. I thought they would already know about some of the different learning materials out there online.
So moving forward I will continue to try and keep some use of FOAM within my teaching.
Looking forward to meeting with Thom, Hugo and Steve next week to discuss more ideas.
Looking forward to the start of the new learning with #mosomelt.

Baby Steps. #mosomelt

So another coffee chat with the paramedic team about moving forward with mobile devices in the classroom. 

Clinical Practice 1 stuff to look at.

● #autcp1
● small video for drugs
● moving paperbooklet to WordPress.
● using qr codes.
▪ simulation.
▪ PowerPoint

● Slideshare

☆ pt safety around posts.

Write it down!!!!!!! But then it is real!!!!!!!!!!!!! #mosomelt

It’s funny.  I’m an ideas guy.  Always have been but these great ideas just float around in my head.  I talk to my closest workmates about them.  And then they usually stay there.  And for me it is much easier to talk than to write about my ideas.  I can hear the team say “video them”, my answer is but I’m still trying to work out my best side!!!!

You see the thing is if you write something down in a social media area or so, you kind of need to follow through. And like most people failing is something that I think really sucks. And going againist what we have always done is hard.

But here goes!!!!

Idea 1) Video blog of first IV placement in pt.  I think this has legs.  If I can get it to work with my 2nd year Haemodynamics student the plan is as follows.

1- Get those students who want to be a part of this to use the app Vyclone with at least one other student and discuss there first IV on a pt. After the fact of course.  The idea being is we get some raw reflection between new students and learning. 3mins of video can show me as a lecture a lot.  Still working on rules and I will hope to get a video up of chatting about my first IV which I can still remember. (watch this space).

Idea 2)

One of the things that I find very hard to teach is Scene Safety in the first 3 or so minutes of a job.  Without scaring the shit out of your students by having someone with a knife in the practical assessments it is very hard.  Although my threats of bring my dogs for the assessments seemed to work.  As we just finished assessments and 9/10 students asked about dogs!!!

So does Google Cardboard have a place for this??? We could teach this in a safe way with the whole class.  We could pre film and let the students be in the scene and learn that they do need to look around and not just walk toward the pt.

Anyway more to come!!!!! My mind is always going!!!!

This writing it down stuff seems to work!!!! I might just have to do something with theses!!!!

My thoughts so far #mosomelt

So we a bit in.

I’m finding this project very interesting.

A bit longer in writing this part of the blog but been trying to get my thoughts together and sit back and watch what is happening.

So when Dr Tom (that’s what us paramedics call him) starting talking about this project I thought yeah I “know about social media”, how hard can it be??? So over the last 5 weeks I have given it a go, spoken to my 14yr nephew and other staff in the department. I can now see how little I know.

So first up was getting signed up. I decided to stick with my twitter account name for most things I use on social media. “drivercook” was the first name one of my senior paramedics called me when I started in the ambulance service in 1998. Also a bit of a poke at those people who still think we only drive ambulances. Found the set up of it all easy. The biggest issue for me was being seen. I have felt uncomfortable with getting misunderstood in the comments I make given now we are judged on what we say on social media.

Then the Vine introduction. Wow this drove me crazy. Nothing seemed to express what I wanted to say in 6 seconds. Then when I did get it right. I forgot to save it and lost my chance at getting an Oscar for my 6sec work. I got talking to my 14 year old nephew about Vine…. his answer was “vine, that so old school”. I was thinking I’m just understanding this. Showed me that all this social media stuff is moving so fast that we need to keep adjusting how we use it. Although I’m still guessing we will never be able to use “snapchat” to teach. But as an assessment maybe???

Still coming to grip with google+. Find it gives me so many alerts that I’m unsure what to read. I was traveling to Blenheim with my dad so missed the handover session. But am looking forward to watching it.

So far I’m watching this and seeing that this social media stuff has legs for our program. It’s just a matter of playing with it and seeing what can work.

Looking forward to getting the time over the next few days to further play.

Have a great Easter!!!!

Vine videos #mosomelt

As easy as it sounds making a vine video is hard. Not in the sense of making the video but making some thing that I am happy to share with the world.
Yesterday I made 5 videos. I’m still not happy with them. Today I will continue with them in hope that I find the right one.