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.

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Social Media -Have Things Changed Since Last Year?

According to the Pew Research Center, nope, not by much.

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Can you guess what’s hip with the young’uns (18-24)? If you said Snapchat and Instagram, you are on your game!

Other questions this article answers:

  • How often do adults visit social media sites?
  • Does that differ from frequency of young adults?
  • Who uses P*interest?
  • Does site preference vary by education level?
  • Are there racial/ethnic preferences for social media?

Why is this important? From both a counseling and marketing perspective, knowledge of what SM our clients or potential clients are using regularly is incredibly helpful, in that we can tailor our interventions as well as our advertising and outreach to the mediums that are most often used by the individuals we are seeking to help.

For access to the full article, click here.

NCDA Tech Presentations

NCDA once again has several presentations focusing on the integration of tech and career work at their upcoming conference in Houston, June 27-29. Check these out – and yours truly, the Technology Twins, leads the way with the first session:

June 27, 2019 3:30 – 4:45 pm

#112 Share and Share Alike: Peer-Recommended Tech Tools that Bridge the Distance in Career Development The Technology Twins turn the tables! In this interactive session they not only share their favorite tools of the past year, but also allow you to share yours. Come prepared to add your favorite tech resources to the conversation and leave with a list of peer-recommended career development tools. Melissa Venable, HigherEducation.com / Saint Leo University; Debra Osborn, Florida State University

June 28, 2019, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

#202 Social Media Competence – from Delivering Information to Co-careering New technologies and social media offer important opportunities for improving career services. This presentation examines career practitioners´ experiences in this technology, especially the competencies required for using social media for co-careering. Practical examples and strategies for developing the necessary skills and competencies for social media and co-careering are presented. Jaana Kettunen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvskyla, Finland; James P Sampson, The Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development, Florida State University; Raimo Vuorinen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvskyla

June 28, 2019, 1:15 – 2:30 pm

#311 The 11th Competency: Integrating Technology into the Career Development Process The NCDA Technology Committee regularly reviews career development tools and makes recommendations for the NCDA website. Through an examination of the process used, this workshop walks attendees through the process of evaluating resources and provides a comprehensive starting point for developing their own list of tools. Dirk Matthews, Columbia College Chicago; Lynne Orr, William Patterson University

June 28, 2019, 4:15 – 5:30 pm

#504 E-Learning to Maximize Constituent Reach for Private Practitioners and Consultants E-Learning overcomes time constraints to career development and effectively streamlines mentoring and coaching for more individuals. Individual and group sessions can be held synchronously or asynchronously for many local and national individuals. Here learning management system platforms for incorporating e-Learning into career development practice will be explored. Xyanthine Parillon, Biomed Careers

#506 Value of Digital Badging: Helping Individuals with Barriers to Obtain Competitive Employment Digital Badging is a way to develop job-readiness skills and communicate qualifications to prospective employers. We look at the rapid development of digital badges over the past 8 years, the benefits of micro-credentialing, and how to communicate this value to prospective employers. Brady Riedel, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Jamaal Davis, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

June 29, 2019, 8:30 – 9:45 am

#613 Digital Tools Empower Student to Empower Counselors The program will present research results on more than 1,000 high school students on the use of digital tools by students for student self-discovery, analysis and career guidance. Robert Sherwood, Identimap, Inc.; Randy Shepard, Identimap, Inc.; Dylene Cymraes, Identimap, Inc.

June 29, 2019, 10:00 – 11:15 am

#704 Youtube, Instagram and 21st Century Career Practitioner The use of social media in career-related activities has increased dramatically. With the rise of YouTube and Instagram there has been a shift towards visual social media. This presentation examines career practitioners use of the visual social media and demonstrates effective techniques that participant can apply in their own career practice. Jaana Kettunen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Brian Hutchison, Counselor Education Department, New Jersey City University

#703 Innovative Career Education Activity: Results of Impact Analysis How do educators prepare youth for post-secondary work and life? It’s a tall order! The Canadian Career Development Foundation recently evaulated the impact of ChatterHigh, a career exploration tool that harnesses technology and gamification. Hear the results and find out how career education can be both powerful and painless. Sareena Hopkins, Canadian Career Development Foundation

NCDA Technology Resource

Did you know that NCDA has a technology resource to support career practitioners? I barely have time to mine through my daily google alerts on technology, so I’m grateful when someone does the tech lifting for me! For example, take a look at this month’s tech tip:

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NCDA has monthly tech tips that come out through the e-zine, Career Convergence. And, if you don’t have enough time or memory to check it monthly, you can sign up to have it delivered into your box! Worried you missed something? Check out the “Tech Tips” archive – like I”m going to do…right now. Happy teching!

 

The Career Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting a Webinar

This week I (Melissa) had the privilege of not only attending NCDA’s Career Practitioner Institute in Charleston, SC, but also presenting. When I was approached about developing a session related to technology, I quickly identified this topic – it’s one I field questions about fairly frequently.

Are you interested in presenting a webinar? This presentation offers an overview to get you started. Two tools are outlined, as well as a checklist to make sure you cover key tasks before, during, and after your live session.

Thanks to all who attended in person for sharing their questions, stories, and feedback! Please continue the conversation in the comments area of this post. What are your questions about webinar delivery? What are your tips for those just getting started?