Change Your Lesson Up With A Game!

Kubbu is an e-learning tool designed to enhance the learning process and just interject some fun!


Some of the activities available with Kubbu include:

Match -Matching helps your student assimilate new words, meanings, concepts, synonyms, etc.

Divide – used when some notions, terms, concepts or definitions must be classified into categories or groups.

Slider – a type of a dynamic quiz. It contains three types of activities, classic single and multiple choice questions with four answers, as well as a unique “climb up” quiz
which leaves no place for mistakes.

Composer – a tool for teachers who want to introduce their own concept of a quiz. With Composer you can create quizzes with single and multiple choice questions,
true/false questions, fill-in or short answer questions. Pictures as well as sound files can be integrated to make your quizzes fully multimedia and interactive.

Crossword – with a crossword generator you can create crosswords using your own list of words.

Educators are able to sign up for a free account with the following limitations such as 15 activities per month, embedded advertisements and a watermark on all documents. A free account that opens access exponentially is $35 dollars per year. This level allows up to 100 activities per month with classes of up to 200 students.

Get more information at KUBBU


Avoid A Fate Worse Than Waterboarding!

PowerPoint can cause a slow painful death!


When your student sees this slide as the opening slide, that is his signal to


Dodge (Bullet) City



Don’t forget to spell check before you present!


Objects on the screen can be excellent, but just make sure that you don’t over do it!
Otherwise your students end up


So…how do we fix it?

Sometimes the best slides have no _ _ _ _ _ at all…just



Try something radical and give your presentation
Give your next lecture old school…without PowerPoint!

New Year, New Tech. Take The Plunge

Technology has turned the world upside down and the educational world is no different. We profile many apps on this blog. Sometimes the information can be overwhelming! Suppose you want to add technology to your classroom and just don’t know how to go about it. Start with baby steps my friend…baby steps.

1. Realize that tech will never replace the teacher. It is nothing more than a tool, no different than a projector, a calculator or even a pencil or pen. Have it work for you…not the other way around.


2. Practice first, and then show. No one expects perfection when learning a new skill. However, make sure that you are comfortable with the technology before rolling it out to your students.


3. Incorporate distance guest speakers. Instead of having a local subject matter expert come into your class, why not invite a guest lecturer from across the state, the nation or from around the world. Skype has a great website for finding guest lecturers.


4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help. All of us were EMS responders before we became educators. Remember the mistakes that you made as you were learning skills such as patient assessment, ECG identification and pharmacology. You messed up…right? Well, allow yourself the same privilege with classroom tech. When you run into a problem that you can’t fix, don’t be afraid to ask your students for help. Most of them are digital natives and helping you, the instructor, will only increase their respect for you. In addition, you give them a chance to excel at an area of strength for them.


5. Understand the benefits that come from using technology. According to Cornell University, educators who use tech effectively in the classroom can expect:
Strengthened learning activities.
Engaged students.
Enhanced classroom communication and interconnectivity.
Increased efficiency with assessment.
Provides students with the opportunity to:
Create knowledge.
Interact with course material in multiple ways.
Develop their technological skills.


Need more information or have questions about how to start? Feel free to contact me or any of the folks who follow this blog. You will find that we are more than willing to help! Now…GO FOR IT!

Will Your EMS Students Be Ready?

Most of the posts from this blog focus on tools and apps for educators. However, this one is for your students.

All of a students schedule of class located in one dedicated location.

All of a students schedule of class located in one dedicated location.

Ultimately, educators want their students to be successful. Sometimes we need to help encourage that with some well thought out tools. Complete Class Organizer fits that bill. This low cost app not only helps your students with their organizational skills (or lack thereof), but it also includes a digital note taker, the ability to record lectures as well as a grade tracker. Complete Class Organizer is quite simple to use.

Complete Class Schedule

Complete Class Schedule

After the student sets up their semester schedule and finalizes all of the classes they are enrolled in, these classes will be visible on the right side of the screen. If the student selects a class, a dedicated class page opens showing class details including instructor and textbook information. The lower half of the app is dedicated to a To Do list with all items that need to be completed for that particular class as well as deadlines. The student can set reminders at intervals that they choose.

Reminders for items that are due for specific classes.

Reminders for items that are due for specific classes.

Complete Class Organizer has a great note taking app that allows the student to audio record the lecture while importing pictures and an embedded dictionary that is accessed simply by double tapping a word to look it up. In addition, for students doing medical calculations, Complete Class Organizer has an in app set of mathematical symbols. The app interacts with Dropbox and Google Docs. Other documents that they might have received by email can be easily imported.

Typewritten or free hand note taking app.

Typewritten or free hand note taking app.

• Synchronize notes with lecture recordings. Simply double-tap a word for quick playback.
• Take notes by typing and drawing
• Share notes with classmates over Bluetooth
• Auto-bulleting and numbered lists in notes
• Math, statistics, and logic symbols in notes and drawings
• View class websites and syllabi within the app
Generate, print, and email your weekly class schedule

Students can share notes via bluetooth.

Students can share notes via bluetooth.

Tools That Allow International EMS Study

Communication among students and educators is a dialogue. The right use of distance communication enhances the learning process. Why is online communication so important and what does it bring to the classroom?

1.  Immediate satisfaction! Students no longer have to wait for a document to take days or weeks to be returned to them. It is quite easy to collaborate with others from around the world in an almost instantaneous method.

2.  The use of online EMS collaboration for EMS students strengthens the philosophy of role of the educators as a coach. As educators, we shouldn’t have to worry about knowing all of the answers. However, using online collaboration tools, students and their instructors can search get information from many EMS professionals whether they are down the street or around the world.

3.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, your EMS students have the chance to go beyond stated expectations and explore specific areas of interest. This would help them to see that the learning process doesn’t end when the classroom portion is over.

How about changing the way you think and bring this tool of online collaboration into your classroom? The following reviews three free apps that you can use to get your EMS students working, and more importantly, learning together from subject matter experts around the world. Although these apps may have a charge for the top of the line forms of these products, all of them are free to use at a basic level.


Flowboard is an app that allows you to make and deliver presentations directly from your iPad. Flowboard presentations get away from the one sided limitation of Power Point and allows the student to explore their creative and interactive side. When you are ready to deliver your presentation, it feels like you are using a mobile tool to deliver your ideas. Students with a creative bent can develop their own template or choose from one that is stock. . Flowboard allows you to easily manipulate images and video.


Google Drive
Google Drive used to be known as Google Docs. Google’s free online document creation and editing app is widely used by educators that want to collaborate with students, colleagues, and other. This can occur synchronously or asynchronously. Any student or groups of students can be granted editing rights. This allows them to make and track changes to the document. They are also able to see previous changes made by other participants.


Join Me
Join Me is a screen sharing tool that enables instructors to share their computer desktop with others that they choose. The free version will allow up to 10 participants (including the originator of the broadcast) and includes such features as screen sharing, Internet calling, chat as well as several others. Join Me is designed to be easy to use and allows access to tools that you’ll use every day for everything from formal presentations to online tutoring of struggling students.

What other types of collaboration tools have you used?

Infogram For Mr. Smith!! Infogram For Mr. Smith!!

Wikipedia describes an infographic as a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. In other words, a picture is worth a thousand words. Infographics make it easier to digest a large amount of information in a short period of time. Developing a very high quality infographic makes it more than thirty times likely that your student will read the material than if in text form alone.1 For an excellent example of an EMS related infographic take a look at the one below based upon stroke symptoms.

stroke 1

Inforgram is an excellent website to easily develop quality infographics. This web based software provides templates, designs as well as other tools to research and develop professional and interesting looking charts and infographics. You can set up an independent account or log in from your Facebook site. The values that you embed within the infographic can be accessed from an Excel file or from the build in spreadsheet.

infographic 2 infographics can include videos and maps along with pictures and text. Your projects can be embedded into your blog, website, or wiki.


Catch Me If You Can: Academic Cheating Part 1 of 2

Your students are cheaters! There! I got it out in the open! If you teach long enough, some of your students are going to go the route of cheating for their grades. I like to tell my students, “We’re not making cornflakes in this class!” You mess up on a cornflake and no one notices. Mess up on a patient and someone may not get to go home!

This is why it is so important to be vigilant to ensure academic integrity in the classroom. Do you REALLY want a student who was able to cheat his or her way through class to be potentially responsible for the care of your family? I didn’t think so! In order to catch a cheater, sometimes you have to think like a cheater. This blog will look at some of the ways, both high and low tech of how students cheat as well as what you can do about it.

The Coke Bottle Cheating Hack
In order to complete this hack, the student will remove the label from a 20 oz. bottle of Coke. A Coke bottle works best as the white letters on a red background make it difficult to read from a distance.

Scan the label using the highest quality setting possible. Save the file as a .jpg.

Using your favorite photo editing software, remove the ingredient list while leaving the red background.

Once you feel that you have removed just the right amount, simply go back and replace the deleted text with notes, formulas, and potential answers.

Once the student has all the information on the label that they feel that they will need, they simply print the photo out on GLOSSY paper. For additional information, the student might write more cheating hacks on the inside of the new label. They will become visible as the student consumes the soda. When finished, the student has a very innocent looking cheating tool!

A second easy method of cheating is called the “Watch Hack”. The student begins with a watch. Any watch will do.

On a sheet of white paper, the student writes out the information needed in a square shape using the smallest font that they can possibly read.

The student then takes a small square of packing tape and places it flush, with no wrinkles over the information that they have just typed. Applying hand pressure along with heat from the hand will assist in the transfer of the ink from the paper to the tape.

If the student is careful, they can slowly peel the tape away from the paper. In doing so, the ink will adhere to the tape.

It is a simple matter, at this point to place the tape over the face of their watch and carefully trim the excess away. Now they simply seem to be looking at their watch.

Information on how to minimize cheating will be covered in our next blog.