Archive for August, 2010
Unweaving the relational elements of Shared Decision Making (SDM) is at best a two-blog process. Part One of this blog explored the overall supporting framework for SDM.
I had an epiphany today. That in and of itself makes the day worthwhile, but while often times epiphanies lead to clarity, and provide firm direction for next steps in one’s life or occupation, this did neither. So perhaps it’s not an epiphany, but an awakening.
If you’ve heard or read about Shared Decision Making (SDM) and are unclear on exactly what it is, you are not alone. After reviewing study after white paper after article by the experts on this topic, I can say with certainty that there is no widespread agreement on what constitutes SDM. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that Dr. France Légaré et al. published a clear and concise definition of SDM.
Have you ever looked in the mirror, and been forced to do a harsh reality check? Who is that person, what happened to the young vibrant person who I know resides in my memory? Is that really the way others see me? It’s a humbling experience, which is why I’ve migrated away from spending too much time in front of such an apparatus.
It’s a momentous day, and one I thought worthy of sharing with those of you in my Twitter group and others who’ve become part of my blogosphere. While I’ve passed my one year anniversary as a blogger—having submitted over 45 blogs for your reading pleasure (at least I hope so), it’s been difficult to try to be clever, pithy, and cogent on a weekly basis. At times I’ve succeeded, at others—well, you’ve been reading and recognize those times.
That being said, it’s now officially 4 months since my newest “toy”, the iPad arrived at my door on April 3. It’s become one of those moments in our life that upon reflecting, was a “disruptive innovation” (my apologies to Clayton Christensen) in my life’s structure. Over the past year, I’ve written about my reaction to the iPhone (http://bit.ly/12j8nH) and recently waxed eloquently about my more recent experience with the iPad (or as we call her in my house—Paddi) (http://bit.ly/bvJv1T). I even got some national exposure in the Wall Street Journal due to @KatherineHobson, which was both humbling and exciting.
That being said, I’ve seen a major evolution in my relationship with the iPad. In fact, in some respects, it may foster the types of feelings we see in our personal relationships. The initial infatuation, and intense love affair, driven mainly by the newness and unexpectedness of the relationship leads one to exuding a sense of wonderment and astonishment, not noting the blemishes or imperfections in the relationship—much like the initial blush of a new romance. But as in any relationship, if it is to survive, that initial blush has to be replaced by a more stable, growing appreciation of both parties, tempered by the willingness to address and deal with the growing imperfections we discover as we become more intimately involved. (I’m sure my wife could provide you volumes on that topic). But that being said, it is this growth which has changed my approach to the iPad from one of wonderment at the “toy” which I could play with, to beginning to recognize the potential benefits, but also the limitations, of the device before me.
As I said previously, while I’m not a “techy”, I’m intrigued by new things, and can shamelessly barge forward, and like most males, not take the time to read the instruction manual or directions which would likely make life simpler. That being said, one of the beauties of the iPad is that it’s so simple to operate that you can get away with not doing that—at least up to a point.
So, while I continue my “amateur” status in iPad usage, I thought I’d highlight a few programs which I’ve found useful, and perhaps trigger in you an interest in exploring further. If you read my initial iPad homage, you’d recognize I saw more potential than actual value at that time. As our “relationship” has developed, I’ve become more aware of value rather than intrigue, which fuels my ongoing interest. I also have to say, as I’ve commented before, that I either have an inexhaustive interest in new concepts, or terminal ADHD—you be the judge—and have over 130 applications on my iPad. While many of them are “intellectually inactive” they’ve all had a role in supporting my growth in recognizing and exploring the value of this device. It’s also important to say that I have no financial relationship to anyone involved in the production of the iPad or any of the programs mentioned—although I might be their best salesperson representative.
So, I’m going to mention just a few of the programs which I’ve encountered, and have found to be of value or entertaining enough to continue my pursuit of what’s next in the iPad world. Most have a cost, but I’m only going to highlight their name, the reason for my interest and leave it up to you to visit the application store and discover for yourself .
First, from a productivity perspective:
- Evernote—the free version I have has been critical for providing me with a capacity for notetaking and organizing I’d not had before….but maybe that’s just me.
- Keynote, Pages, GoodReader, Dropbox—all lumped together here in the interest of brevity, but all useful, Keynote—a great format for slideshow presentations (come on people, let’s figure out a sync with Powerpoint), Pages—creating word documents, GoodReader—a great format for opening pdfs, documents, in a manner which makes them easily readable, Dropbox—allows files to be deposited on my main computer and easily accessed from my iPad.
- iAnnotate PDF—this allows the ability to open a pdf on your iPad and highlight to your heart’s content, and also make notes—great for those of us used to using markers to totally mark up our paper copies
- LogMeIn Ignition—I’ve just uploaded this, and no, it’s not about Chinese food. When loaded on your business computer and iPad, it provides you access to your desktop from anywhere you can connect with your iPad—initial reaction is very positive, but we’ll see.
Under the area of communication:
- Facebook, Tweetdeck, Twitterific, Tweet Flow all provide access to whatever your favorite social media of choice is, and do it quite well.
The media applications could use an entire page, but here’s a few. I think it is here where the iPad is exemplary, and has changed my “viewing habits.”
- Kindle—the iPad application has replaced my use of the Kindle that I previously owned, and now serves as a paperweight. While I realize there are still some advantages to the Kindle with regard to backlighting, etc. for me the capabilities of the iPad version have converted me…I love it.
- BN Reader, iBooks—both exemplary, and I’ve tested them, but have for strictly personal reasons, continued my relationship with the Kindle—likely my adversity to unnecessary change. However, they seem quite user friendly.
- Free Books—a free download, which provides access to the complete editions of any book in public domain. The access to the classics from across the generations is amazing, and the price is right.
- New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today—all have merit, but if you’re interested in the best, cheapest version, at this time the free USA Today is an impressive, beautifully done application. Both the Times and WSJ are impressive, but there is cost for full access.
- Don’t touch any of the magazines offered, enough said. They all are overpriced, and offer no advantage over the paper edition—yet. Whether it be Sports Illustrated, Time, or Popular Science, my feeling is the companies haven’t yet figured out this market, and why people would choose it.
- AP News, Newsy, NPR, SkyGrid, BBC News—all worth checking out if you’re a news hound and have a desire to expand your readership.
Random social opportunities abound, for lack of a better way to describe them. There’s a lot of them out there, but a few that I think are quite interesting.
- Flipboard—a free application that allows you to create a series of 9 categories that you can then flip through, providing you with almost immediate access to new articles, videos, web sites—amazing. In my cadre are TED, Bon Appetit, and The Onion—to name a few. You can spend hours scanning.
- Wikihood, Discover—unique applications of Wikipedia links, very interesting
- ScoreCenterXL—I’m a sports fan, so having access to almost any sporting event update, access to articles on all my favorite teams—it’s a dream.
I realize I’ve only begun to recount my experiences, and while most of these have some redeeming qualities, there are multiple “ridiculous and frivolous” sites, which may be entertaining to some and annoying to others. It’s irritating to have the dulcet tones of the infamous vuvuzela from the recent World Cup immediately available on my iPad, and to engage in a vigorous game of Angry Birds (Warning: exposure to this game is potentially addictive and insanely habit forming). If you’ve got young children or grandchildren, the free Toy Story and Suess ABC books began to make you aware that children’s books will never be the same anymore. One exposure to Star Walk ensures you’ll never look at the night sky the same again. I’ve rediscovered the enjoyment of crossword puzzles through Crosswords, a great product from the New York Times.
So it’s an exploding world, and I’ve only highlighted a few of the adventures I’ve had with the iPad—and it’s only been 4 months. Imagine what this will be in the future—actually, I’m having trouble contemplating what it will look like—I wonder if there’s an app for that. The ease and speed, the simplicity of use, and the resistance to human induced error and “crashes” (of which I’m totally capable on my laptop) will accelerate the adoption of this interesting and engaging technology. Now excuse me, I’ve got a movie I’m streaming from Netflix, and it’s show time….enjoy.