Hopefully by now, you have familiarized yourself with the “Flipped Classroom” concept and the many benefits that it brings to the education environment. You might even be ready to test the waters with your first flipped lecture. Remember to start simple and start small! Doodlecast Pro can help to meet both of those requirements.

Doodlecast Pro is an easy to use iOS based app to create flipped lectures for your students. This app will record what you say as you draw on the screen with a stylus or even your finger to help create quick lectures that can then be shared with others. Once saved, it is not difficult to import them into most common video formats to edit for a polished look.
Some of the best features include:
•An easy “undo” button for those times when what you see is not what you want.
•The ability to save your videos directly to your photo album for easy retrieval.
•Self-contained support and access to Dropbox, YouTube as well as the ability to email.
•Multiple choices of brush color and width to make just the right point in just the right place.

According to the Doodlecast Pro website, the purposes and ranges of videos include:
•Doodlecast Pro helps you create and share videos for a range of purposes:
•Prepare lessons to share with your students.
•Create video school reports on your favourite topic.
•Provide feedback on visual designs, layouts, or charts.
•Annotate charts and graphs for business presentations.
• Capture mind maps and notes during brainstorming sessions.

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

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!

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?

Flip Your World With Knowmia Teach!

Knowmia Teach is a recording tool for educators who might be interested in “flipping” their classroom, but who don’t want to drop down a chunk of change for other more expensive screen casting software. The instructor is able to create a short video lesson and then publish it on the Knowmia website so that their students (and others) have access to them. It is really quite simple to add graphics and organize your presentation much like Powerpoint ®. Your picture and voice are recorded as you use your hand as the stylus.

An example of how this could be used in the EMS classroom can be found at this excellent presentation on the Tetrology of Fallot


Some of the features include:
• Build your lesson out of individual steps (like slides) so it’s easy to manage and organize – each step is a separate whiteboard
• Record everything that you do as well as your voice and video to create the lesson step-by-step
• Capture your face in the video as you narrate the steps
• Import images, graphics or video clips from the iPad’s media library and built-in camera – or paste in any image of your own
• Select from a wide range of background options
• Make it easy for others to find your lesson by including tags that you choose yourself

If you have been wanting to experiment with the flipped classroom, Knowmia Teach might be just the ticket.

Your Next Students Assignment Might Come “Mission Impossible” Style

If you are a person of a “certain age”, you might remember the Mission Impossible series. No, not the one with Tom Cruise but the one with Peter Graves. The Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against ruthless, evil leader; evil organizations and big crime bosses .At the beginning of each show, the assignment was always presented with a creative tape recording that outlined the details. At the end of it, the “tape will self-destruct in five seconds” ending in a puff of smoke. What if you could make a progressive assignment for your students that incorporated elements of Mission Impossible and The Amazing Race.

Set up your outgoing voicemail message for learners to call in and listen to as a part of an activity. Wondering how you might use this? Here an example: the message could be a scenario, provide clues that learners need to use to solve a puzzle, or address a series of questions as part of an activity.

Now, I fully understand that the last thing you want is for your phone to be ringing at all hours of the day. No problem. Google Voice grants you access to a single phone number that, if desired, rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. It can also be set so that no calls are forwarded to any of your phones. The cool thing is the Google Voice is free. Give this a try today…and don’t forget “As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.”1

1. White, Patrick J (1991), The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier, New York: Avon Books.

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.


Wouldn’t It Be Nice???

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had access to high tech learning management systems and bubble scanning sheets to make your life as an educator easier? Well…why not!

Mastery Connect offers assessment tools that provide a miltiple of ways to gett both formative and summative assessment results. They make grading fast, automatic and easy. Using their GradeCam(TM) Bubble sheet scanning software you can scan from your document camera…or…wait for it…your Ipad!

If you want to, you can go completely paperless and give exams that can be created on any brand of tablet or mobile device. But wait! There’s more! Using the Browser Assessment and Scoring website, you can deliver those exams through either a PC or a Mac web browser.

Sure…I hear you! What’s an exam delivery system without getting feedback on how your students are doing or if your exams are effective. They have you covered there as well. Get rapid feedback via reports on item analysis and student mastery reports. The results can then be exported to any gradebook. Scoot on over to Mastery Connect to learn more.

It’s Alive!!! See What You Can Edu-Create


Flipping the classroom seems to hold great promise for educators to free up more time in the classroom.  In order to get the content for the students to review at home, it must first be recorded.  There are many platforms that will record and do a great job of it.  However, many of them cost hundreds of dollars.  What if you could get started for the low, low cost of nothing!  Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice, handwriting, typed text, and images. It’s like a video of your chalkboard or smart board. The final product is a video based lesson that you can share with students hosted on the Educreations website.  When you finalize your video, you can mark it as private, viewable only by your students or wide open for the world to see and enjoy.  Your lessons can be developed either from an iOS device or directly from the web.  All of this for…wait for it…free!!! 

Once you have set up an account with Educreations, you can then give your students access to any particular class by providing them a course code or a direct link to the video.  The cool thing about this software is that no longer is it only for educators to provide content to their students.  Students can create their own accounts.  You can then assign them topics to develop as instructional modules.  Visit cardiovascular anatomy for an example of how one instructor used Educreations during a lecture.  I once assigned a paramedic class the assignment of explaining the Starling principle via video.  The catch was that they couldn’t use any medical terminology.  The resulting videos were as educational as they were hilarious!

Educreations works for educators who can create a video of a lesson one time, rather than having to deliver it to every student individually. An additional benefit is that the instructor can record both voice and screen captures as the lesson is being delivered.  It turns any projector into a smart board with the addition of the VGA converter cord to connect to the projection system. 

Educreations stores all students’ videos in a private mode.  This means that they are visible only to the student and their instructor.  There is an option by which students can share by copying the URL. 

One aspect that most instructors look for in an application is whether or not it is easily used by the students.  Most teachers say that Educreations is fairly straightforward to incorporate into the daily use by their students.  Ramsey Musallam, a chemistry professor in California says that he starts his classes with a challenge question which he solves using Educreations.  He then uploads the finished video to his website creating an archive of solved problems so his students can refer back when they get stuck.  The same principle would work well in classes involving drug calculations or scenario based questioning for EMS students. 

Visit this link to see what one instructor did with a cardiac anatomy and physiology creation. Keep in mind that this is a very basic screen recording software.  It does have several limitations.  For one, the whole video has to be made in one take – no do-overs. Many instructors want an editing tool, as well as an erasure tool.  These are not yet available, but will be at some point say the developers. 

Educreations provides a simple low cost method for those instructors who want to test the waters of flipping their classroom.  Other screen recording software provides many more options, but I would suggest you wait and use a free app until you get comfortable with recording.  Educreations allows you to do this.