I ‘m often asked why people should choose to pursue a master in social work (MSW) degree over the myriad of other human services graduate degrees that are available. My answer is the same one that influenced my degree choice many years ago: an MSW degree opens up more career paths than any other comparable degree. No other human services-oriented degree encompasses this breadth:
• Therapist, planner, community organizer, executive director, policy analyst, researcher, program developer
• Work across systems: individuals, families of all forms, groups, organizations, neighborhoods, service systems, communities, regions, states, nations Continue reading
How people ignored each other before smartphones
I came across this great image on Twitter (via @SBartner) yesterday, from the That is Priceless blog by Steve Melcher. Beyond giving me a chuckle, it reminds us that people have always had an ability to be together and not talk to one another (and who says that’s always a bad thing?).
And it reminded me of an image from a post I made one year ago that featured the negative impact of another technology on social interactions.
I would love to see any other images that continue this theme. If you have any, please share them in the comments.
As noted on Steve’s blog, the original painting is by Peder Severin Kroyer. Thanks to Laura Gibbs for her help identifying the painting, The Hirschsprung family, before I knew about the Steve Melcher’s original blog post.
There are many other funny technology-captioned paintings on the That is Priceless. Check them out!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Not my most productive year blogging, especially the last half of the year which was incredibly hectic at work. Here are the highlights:
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
E-Book Created with Readlists.com
In June 2014 the news of Facebook’s mood experiments with manipulating its users’ Facebook feeds broke with the publishing of the Atlantic article Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiments. Controversy ensued on all sides of the debate–even I jumped in with a blog post on the question of harm that could have been created.
Good educators always look for those real world examples that provide a compelling illustration of principles being learned in class. The Facebook Mood Experiment Controversy provides just such an opportunity for those teaching about research ethics, human subjects issues, and communications/marketing research; I could see using them a Social Work Research Methods Class. So with this in mind, I have created an e-reader using a cool tool called Readlists. Continue reading
An animated preview of “The Internet in Real Time” website
Click the animation to open the full version (via PennyStocksLab).
We’ve all heard statistics about how much data is shared on the Internet in just a few minutes. Well here is a site that will make it come alive: The Internet in Real Time. This animated image gives you a preview of what the site does: but when you actually land on the web page, it starts counting at 0 for each of the types of data in question. And then it starts to count up.
Is this really what people mean by Big Data? No, not exactly. But I think it helps to make the concept of big data more understandable. If you sit with the website active for just a few minutes you very quickly understand how data can get to be so big.
Cross-posted from SocialWorkSynergy
As social workers, we often confront complex situations. And we are all about developing solutions and strategies for change. In doing so we draw on our past experience, research, the experience of colleagues, and best practices. But sometimes we come up short and find we need new ideas–we find that we need to innovate. Continue reading