Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Lesson Plan for a Mobile Learning Workshop

Suppose you wanted to do a short workshop for educators on using mobile devices in their teaching.

I did a short workshop on this topic recently and here is a lesson plan that I used.

  1. Get everyone to download a QR code reader
    1. I like i-nigma which is one of the fastest readers, and keeps a history of codes scanned
  2. Discuss how to create content that automatically presents appropriately based on detected screen sizes - various options like
    1. Google Docs for text
    2. Google Forms to survey, quizzes etc.
    3. Blogger
    4. Google Sites
  3. Have the participants test their QR code reader with QR codes linked to this blog post.  They can favorite this on i-nigma so they can find this again (no need for handouts)
  4. QR code treasure hunt
    1. Create 5 Google docs with content on 5 topics
    2. Create QR Codes for each of these pages.  I like QRstuff.com but there are many other options.
    3. Print out the QR codes each on a separate sheet of paper and paste these around the room on the walls
    4. Give participants enough time to go around and scan the codes and read the content
  5. Mobile quiz
    1. Create a Quiz using Socrative.com
    2. Divide the group into teams 
    3. Launch your quiz in Space Race mode with groups
    4. Have them scan a QR code to get to http://b.socrative.com/login/student/ 
    5. Enter your room number
    6. Have them select their group color
    7. Student paced quiz on content presented in QR scavenger hunt
  6. Discuss uses of Socrative in the classroom
    1. Compare/contrast with PollEV
    2. Other options - NearPod, Kahoot
  7. Discuss other applications of mobile devices
    1. Flashcards - Quizlet, Anki
    2. Consuming /creating content
      1. Videos
      2. Podcasts
      3. Books/text
    3. Social Media 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola - do we need economists and not medical scientists making decisions? Huge discrepancies between scientists and industry responses.

The 2 flights that the second health care worker made to and from Dallas to Cleveland have already caused ripple effects which are probably driven not by medical science but by fear  and possibly concern about financial impact.

The discrepancies between decisions made by medical scientist and individual businesses are striking

CDC - ok to fly with fever of 99.5 even though you treated patient with Ebola
Airline- take the plane off for decontamination

CDC - you can't get Ebola from someone who is not symptomatic.
Hospitals - nurses who flew on same flight as recent case before she got low grade fever are on paid leave.
Schools - closed for decontamination because a teacher was on same flight that CDC ok'ed her to fly on.

Till this panic settles down, we need protocols in place to divert suspects away from the public and "regular" healthcare intake channels.

The psychological impact of a potential patient walking through the hospital to seek out care - touching door knobs, counters, etc and "exposing" tens of people and healthcare workers will be huge and the potential financial impact quite terrible as the hospital in Dallas is finding out.  Yes, medical science tells us that person will likely not be infectious and it is OK for them to seek care using regular channels but once we have a single case like that the mass fear will take over.  

Hopefully we don't get another traveler with Ebola coming into the USA but this will likely happen.  We hopefully will not make the same mistakes again that were made in the Dallas ER but that assumes that every healthcare worker in the country is trained and follows the right steps which is highly improbable.

We need to keep our hospitals working smoothly!

We need to put up signs at every healthcare facility entrance that diverts suspected (high-risk) cases to dedicated triage hot lines.  This will reassure the public that it is safe to use the hospitals for their non-Ebola care.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Protect your health care worker - a sign at every hospital entrance

I posted earlier regarding the need for an airport program for patients traveling from West Africa.  It took a few days after the first case in Dallas for the authorities to put something like that in place.

That post also noted the lack of preparedness of the US health care institutions to combat Ebola at this time.  The sense of urgency has just not been there.  Till there is excellent awareness and training in place there is a need to divert any suspected Ebola case away from the regular intake process in hospitals.  Otherwise we will have many more mishaps like the ones in Dallas.

One solution is to have a sign at every hospital entrance that
1.  Tells person traveling from these countries
2.  Who has the classic symptoms
3.  To sanitize hands and
4.  Call a dedicated triage phone line.

Then the appropriate protocols can be invoked.
We need to prevent every preventable exposure that we can.
Every case brings broadening circles fear, monitoring, and disruption that will cause tremendous damage to the economy and the healthcare system at the least and might even save some lives.

Sign for every hospital entrance