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.