Technology is good for learning – information and even wisdom at our fingertips, tech like simulation and virtual reality is cool. And technology really hit its straps with social and collaborative learning. But technology is bad – distract and multi-tasking impairs learning, our health can suffer, and good technology can be badly applied (eg PowerPoint as a ‘crime against connection’ in presentations). Some technology is expensive without learning impact, and social media and the internet have dark sides… Vic offers us some thoughts on navigating the good, bad and ugly and suggests some personal strategies for making the most of technology for learning. And there is no Powerpoint….
Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (Simulationpodcast.com)