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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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Tags: Health Science Education, college and career ready, cte future, Paxton/Patterson News, Paxton Patterson STEM Education, health science

Major Initiative Gives Students Taste of 17 Different Healthcare Specialties

by Peter 15. November 2019 10:58


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Authentic Health Science Careers

A new health sciences lab unveiled Wednesday at Novato High School will give students hands-on experiences in 17 health care career specialties over four years.

Starting in eighth grade, the new program — the first of its kind in Marin in the health sciences — offers mini-projects, tasks and games to give students a feel for such areas as pharmacology, radiology, speech therapy, dentistry, phlebotomy, nursing, pathology and oncology, among others.

“We’re looking at pathways to high-wage, high-need jobs,” said Marianne Bland, educational consultant for Chicago-based Paxton/Patterson, creator and publisher of the program’s curriculum. “We’re looking to fill a massive gap in skilled workers in California.” Some of the health science specialties could ultimately command $50 per hour or six-figure wages, she said.

Read full article at Marin Independent Journal

Provided by Keri Brenner - Marin Independent Journal


Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.


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Tags: Health Science Education, college and career ready, Paxton/Patterson News, health science careers

Congressman Josh Harder observes College & Career Ready Labs

by Peter 16. October 2019 09:11


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Health Science Careers Program

Congressman Josh Harder visited Patterson High School's CTE Programs. After a discussion with a portion of the program's CTE Industry Advisors, Harder applauded the District's successes in developing so many post-secondary options for students, commenting on the challenges of maintaining such meaningful partnerships, and the vision to replicate such accomplishments across the State.

After the brief meeting, which included success stories form PHS CTE Program Alumni, the Congressman embarked on a tour of each component of the CTE Program, witnessing first-hand the knowledge and quality preparation Patterson students encounter while participating in our CTE programs.

Patterson High School has approximately 800 students enrolled in its CTE programs each year. Health Careers, students are provided a variety of skills and knowledge to begin to pursue a high-paying career of their choice right out of high school. Additionally, due to partnerships with industry leaders throughout the community and local colleges, students are given the additional option to make a considerable earning, while continuing their education.

Provided by Johnny Padilla, Patterson Joint Unified School District



Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.


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Tags: Health Science Education, STEM lab, middle school, STEM Education, college and career ready, STEM Learning, Paxton/Patterson News, health science careers, Paxton Patterson STEM Education

Technology Paves the Way to Future Learners

by Peter 9. January 2018 11:01


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What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

How does being exposed to technology pave the way to future careers?

"At Madison Park Middle School, students are learning by using and managing technology through Paxton/Patterson’s interactive multimedia program, while engaging in authentic problem-based learning. 1-to-1 technology, project-based learning, and group collaboration to build their ability to understand, apply, and analyze information.”

Click to watch video.

STEAM Program instructor, Jason Bruso, hopes his students will become highly skilled, successful and valuable members of the future workforce. “The more technology, the more skills and engineering you do, the more options you will have.”  His Paxton/Patterson lab provides just that.

Paxton/Patterson’s College & Career Ready Labs expose students to a wide range of knowledge and skills, encourage creativity and innovation, while exploring a variety of careers to help them figure out “What do I want to be when I grow up? 


Tags: Health Science Education, STEM lab, middle school, STEM Education, STEM robot, college and career ready, STEM Learning, Robot Programming, STEM and Language Arts, S.T.E.A.M. academy student project, Paxton Patterson STEM Education, school counselors

Students Engineer Cardiac Stent

by Peter 30. May 2017 03:32

March Contest Winners

March Got Grit Contest Winners

March Got Grit Contest Winners, Arianna and Ramani learned that it takes GRIT to work in Biomedical Engineering. The 6th grade students were challenged to create a wire stent that would spring open and support an artery, in the STEM Lab at Carmel Middle School, with instructor, Sally Davidson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work.

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Tags: Health Science Education, STEM Education