It’s been too long…

I do this all too often… plan to start writing again and then I do; and then stop for years at a time. So, I hope this is the time I actually start doing this with some ambition and zest. Right now I just want to make my website viewable and usable – then I’ll worry about making the content worth viewing.


Technology Grant: 2013 Edition

Well… once again I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with posts here. Lots of things have been going on and I do have plenty of things I think are worth mentioning – so stick with me, I promise that there will be insightful and entertaining things here (even if they take a while to see the light).

In recent news, the technology grant I submitted a proposal for last year (that wasn’t funded :() was announced to be offered again this year. I took the comments and feedback that I received from last year’s proposal and made some revisions and improvements and submitted an application for the same basic principal. (If you’re unfamiliar, you can read about it here, here, and here).

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Technology Grant (Now with even more update)

Updated: September 7, 2012

I received a response to my inquiries on what appeared to be a score and comment from a fourth reviewer and have included that information.

As I mentioned in my last post, I received the response to my technology grant proposal and, unfortunately, was not awarded funding for my iPad in Paramedic Education proposal this time around. The e-mail with the result also said that we’d be getting an additional e-mail with more details on what the reviewers had to say and how they scored our proposals. I got that e-mail and I’d like to (…finally) share some of that information!

Each of the proposals that was submitted was reviewed by three randomly selected people from a general pool of reviewers. The people in the review pool were from various educational fields and backgrounds and they were not selected based on expertise in the specific technology or program. Having said that, the e-mail that I got has four separate scores on it as well as comments from what appears to be a fourth review. I have an e-mail to the person in charge of the grant to find out if there was an extra review involved and what-have-you and I’ll update this post once I figure it out.

I won’t go into too much detail about scores – it involves a whole statistical analysis type thing that I’m pretty sure no one is interested in hearing about. If you are, by all means let me know!

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Technology Grant Update

I’m saddened to say that my grant proposal for the use of iPads for Lecture, Lab and Clinical in Paramedic Education was not selected for funding. Unfortunately, that is all the information I have to offer at this point – I’m still awaiting the scores and comments from the reviewers to see how I may improve upon or better describe how my idea would be beneficial to our students, our program, and our college as well as students in other programs at other schools.

In the meantime I’m seeking alternative funding and grant opportunities and I’m hopeful that I will be able to secure the funds and resources by the Spring 2013 semester. At the very least I plan on improving upon and expanding the idea and reapplying for the grant again next spring.

I am determined to bring more technology into every aspect of Paramedic education to enhance learning and to ensure that our students receive the best education that they can.

Balancing Life

Balance can be defined as both a noun and a verb.


Noun: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
Verb: Keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.

Balance is something everyone deals with in their life; work, hobbies, school, fun, spouses, partners, families, and friends that all demand and deserve attention and time. Everyone has, at some point, had to struggle with maintaining a balance of things that fulfill their personal needs.

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Technology in Paramedic Education

For those of you that know me you’re well aware that in February of last year I started on the fast track to becoming an EMS educator. For those of you that don’t know me, well… now you know that, too. I’ve now been the Clinical Coordinator for a Paramedic Program for over a year now and what a journey it has been.

The latest leg of my journey in the world of education is my first grant application. A week ago today I submitted a grant for a project I’m pursuing in Innovative Instruction Technology. The purpose of the grant, itself, is to bring technology into classrooms across college campuses and the projects that receive funding will be those that are expandable and adaptable throughout the state. I plan on sharing my journey through this project through this blog, starting today with my introduction to my project and the process involved with applying. Hopefully this won’t be the last post about this project – but that depends on the outcome of the grant awards which won’t be announced until the end next month.

In this post I plan on giving a general overview of the project and my plan. Some details of the project may come as a surprise to those reading that know me personally, but will all be explained shortly.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities: An Oxymoron?

Since my last post I’ve been pondering (yes, I ponder) what I should kick this off with. I bounced back and forth between a few ideas until I finally settled on the one that really gave me the idea to blog my thoughts and observations in the first place.

Warning: this topic has the potential to go off of multiple tangents, but I’m going to do my best to keep it focused.

Nursing homes.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but nursing homes exist to provide those that can’t care for themselves, and are beyond being cared for at home, a controlled environment with trained staff that is able to help them with their daily activities, as well as provide some medical care (that would be the “nursing” part of nursing home). In fact, Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary defines nursing home as, “a privately operated establishment where maintenance and personal or nursing care are provided for persons (as the aged or the chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly.”

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