Trying a New Tech Tool -Google Jamboard

I (Deb) teach a technology and counseling course in the summers, and each summer, I try to cover not only what is longstanding technology (telephone counseling, email advising/counseling, video chats, dropbox/google drive), but also to push the envelope in exploring other tools such as apps and also collaborative tools. This past week, I experimented with one of the tools in Google Drive, the “jamboard.”

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This class meeting was face-to-face, but I try to have them use technology regardless. The focus was on how to ethically integrate technology into face-to-face counseling, including what needed to occur prior to that decision, during (when with the client), and after it was introduced. They were divided into 3 groups of about 8 in each group and asked to use the sticky notes (but not talk) to brainstorm options for their group. Here’s an example of the before group:

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Following this, they were told to organize the stickies into similar themes. You can see the “during” group’s attempt at doing this as they started changing the colors to match the theme.

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Finally, they were asked to collapse similar ideas and then prioritize them into steps. This is the “after” group’s attempt to do this:

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Following this, we discussed each stage, and I added to it, and allowed other groups to add to each group’s ideas. Then, we processed the use of the tool, and how it might be used with a client or with other colleagues. We decided that the tool was useful for the first part of brainstorming, where everyone throws ideas up, and it gave everybody the chance to contribute. It became more difficult in the next steps, where the decision had to be made as to who would do the classifying, and who would prioritize the steps. Clearly, 8 people couldn’t do the prioritization, and there was no easy way to foster that decision. Someone would have to step up to be the leader, even if it was with the goal of delegating tasks (you 3 prioritize the green stickies, you 3 prioritize the blue…).

The class thought that this could be a useful resource with a client in a number of ways. If the client was struggling with anxiety or depression, this board could provide a number of creative strategies or reminders (e.g., cognitive reframes) to help them in the moment. By the counselor also adding in a few (hopefully evidence-based) ideas, this could also strengthen the working alliance. The board could also be used to house goals, steps, links to videos or resources, encouragements, and so forth.

As an instructor, I thought it was a useful tool. I hadn’t thought through the mechanics involved in the steps of ordering and prioritizing. I guess I figured they could figure that out – but it proved to be a situation where one person in each group just took over. If I were to do it over again, I’d probably provide some suggestions on how to go about those steps. My goal in not was to provide them with the freedom to explore and create without my being overly prescriptive – but the desired result didn’t occur. Next time, I might have a sticky that outlines next steps, such as providing specific steps that need to occur, enough so each person might have a task, and have each person to put a sticky with their name and task #, from which point they would proceed. All in all, it was a fun experiment. It achieved the goals of building experience with a new technological tool for the students, as well as helping them to think through the steps of integrating technology. I’ll probably keep this one with some minor modifications for next year.

Featured Resource – The Good Project

Welcome to another “Featured Resource!” Our Tool Library is growing with new categories and items. This month, we focus on the Career category and a site called “The Good Project,” which shares “ideas and tools for a good life.” 🙂

The Good Project promotes excellence, engagement, and ethics in education, preparing people to become good workers and good citizens who contribute to the overall well-being of society.

Developed by a research unit of Harvard Project Zero, this site offers collections of resources curated for educators and practitioners, students, and researchers. From a blog and social feeds (check them out on Twitter and Facebook), to a newsletter and curricula toolkits, you’ll find a range of inspiration from The Good Project. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Course Syllabi: Interested in new ideas for your career course? Browse syllabi from K-12 and college classes across the country, including titles like “Meaningful Work in a Meaningful Life.”
  • Activities: What is Good Work? Answering this question is just one of the sample activities provided by this site, all of which are designed to spark conversation and reflection.
  • Value Sort: Who doesn’t love a card sort? This online version allows you (or your student or client) to drag and drop 30 values to columns ranked by their importance. Print your results at the end.

What do you like about The Good Project? What is your favorite career-related tool? Enjoy your exploration of this and other tool library resources. We look forward to your feedback. 🙂

image source: WildOne, Pixabay

Reflections on Dr. John Krumboltz

This week, we heard the sad news of a well-beloved theorist and colleague, Dr. John Krumboltz. I had the pleasure of interviewing him on the phone many years ago. The quality wasn’t the greatest, but as an instructor, I was so thrilled to have John Krumboltz share his theory but also his personality with me, and in turn, my students, and I’m equally as honored to share his thoughts and his voice with our followers.

Here’s a little tidbit on his thoughts about the contribution of Happenstance Theory to the field. In this bite, he talks about the role of mistakes in learning. Finally, I’ll end with his thoughts about what excites his curiosity.

Always an encourager, always willing to take celebrity pictures with students and faculty fans, alike, and always giving of himself. So blessed to have known him. We’d love to hear your stories as well.

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Snap This! A Snapchat Experiment in Teaching Career Development

We had an amazing time at the NCDA Global Conference this year! Thanks to all of the organizers and attendees for the many effective learning and community-building opportunities. And a special thanks to all who joined our session on site! If you were not able to attend the conference, you can catch up on some of the event’s highlights by searching Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the event hashtag: #NCDAPhoenix.

In this post, we are excited to share our Snapchat presentation. It includes some Snapchat basics, along with a description of how we used Snapchat this past year in our courses – both campus-based (Deb) and online (Melissa). We each shared our goals for integrating social media, some lessons learned, tips for getting started, a list of suggested activities, and additional resources (also provided below).


Additional Resources

Are you using Snapchat with your students? If so, we’d love to hear more about your experience! If you aren’t using Snapchat, but are thinking about it, please add your questions to the comments here, so we can respond and continue the conversation.

Happy snapping. 😉

Snapchat – One Month In

So, I think I’m starting to find my groove with Snapchat. Definitely having a planned schedule for the week helps. I can also see how I can re-use items for future semesters (the jigsaw puzzle of content terms can stay the same). I’m wondering if having consistent days, like “Hello I’m a Consultant” Thursdays (where each Thursday I highlight different consultants) or “Fun Friday” where each Friday I have a game (jigsaw puzzle, word find) and Saturday I snap the solution will be useful, or put me in a rut. IMG_8472.jpg

You can swipe up on your snaps to see who has looked at them. Unfortunately, I have only a handful on average. I’m going through a lot of work for only 3 to look at it! So, consistent marketing it to the students may be important. For my own sake, posting at a specific time (e.g., 3 p.m. since students have said they don’t check it until the afternoon because they are working or seeing clients) might be a better idea than whenever the mood hits me. Also, creating teasers that involve the students, like the one below, and sending that out through the course announcements function is something else I might try.

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Committed to making this work. Upping my game!