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Free Virtual Learning Tools for Health Science Careers

by Peter 4. December 2020 09:07


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I'd like to share some free useful online tools that I've had luck with during the virtual learning school year:

My Simple Show:

This can be used to put together a polished presentation to provide info about steroids (Day 8 in Sports Medicine), or other topics.

Flip Grid:

Students can do a presentation (Day 8 Nursing about vaccines or taking off gloves properly during Day 4 of EMT) and send it to the teacher. They are able to put an emoji over their face during the presentation if they feel more comfortable. I set my class up so that student submissions are private, meaning other students cannot view or comment on presentations submitted. This seems to prevent cyber bullying and any apprehensiveness they may have about "presenting" in front of class.

JamBoard - Google Extension

A white board that kids can write on and/or interact on when they are in break out groups during a Google Meet. A few of my students have submitted time lapse videos of them completing labs for extra credit. For example, I had several students send videos of them completing the Pharmacology Day 2 Compounding Lab activity.


Melissa Ellis
Health Careers / Medical Assistant Educator
Bellflower High School


Thanks for Sharing the Helpful Tips!


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Promoting Successful Students

by Peter 17. November 2020 02:54


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Dail Berry

Social Media Success Stories

When we developed our College & Career Ready Labs program, our focus was on improving the career and college readiness of America’s secondary education students. We had an idea of what it would look like in the classroom, however, since we can’t be in the classroom with the tens of thousands of students engaged in our programs every day, we must rely on instructors sharing their experiences.

We want to thank Dail Berry, from Mattamuskeet Early College, for inspiring us with frequent updates and posts of her students achieving college & career readiness.

"We are in our second year of STEM here in Hyde County Schools and the middle grade students of Mattamuskeet Early College High School have been exploring STEM careers through the Paxton/Patterson curriculum. Within the STEM lab, students have been given the opportunity to learn about careers and have experiences that can lead them to success whether it be in college or a career. Not only are students gaining information for their future career or college experiences, students are collaborating, critically thinking, analyzing, building, creating, scaffolding, and learning soft skills! Students are excited about the hands-on activities which leads to excitement about learning. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our STEM program at MECHS."
     - Dail Berry

Keep up the great work Dail and students of Mattasmuskeet Early College!


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Melissa Ellis - Making a Difference

by Peter 12. October 2020 02:55




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When Melissa Ellis, Health Science instructor at Bellflower High School, learned her students would not be back in the classroom she had to consider how she could bring the experience from her classroom into the students’ dining rooms. Instead of being satisfied with online content and virtual resources, Melissa wanted to give students a creative hands-on experience at home.

This began with a brainstorming session for each of the modules and ended with packaged kits to be sent home with students. Lessons included phlebotomy in a bag, suturing with shoelaces, and proper glove removal (with gloves and a packet of ketchup), as well as handwashing with glow-germ and a portable UV light. Melissa continues to pursue resources and share their availability with others in the same situation.

Thank you Melissa for keeping up the great work and making a difference every day!


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SawStop Safety Demo

by Peter 8. December 2016 03:46

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SawStop Safety

Watch an impressive demonstration of SawStop safety with Paxton/Patterson at ACTE CareerTech VISION.
A patented automatic braking system stops the saw within milliseconds if its blade comes in contact with the operator's hand or other body part.

Watch Video Demonstration

For more information click here.

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