NAEMSE Symposium in Nashville Part 5


Today was the last day of the NAEMSE Symposium. Three days is not a long time in the scheme of things, but it felt like a long time as I was learning and observing everything I could about the EMS world the whole time.

Today’s Schedule:

8:30am Take my luggage to my car.

9am Checkout

9:10am – 10:10am Breakout Session 6: Educational Technology: Enhanced Case-Based Learning

10am-12:30pm EKU Exhibit Table

12:45pm-1:45pm Breakout Session 7: Low Cost, No Cost Tech for EMS Educators

It was an absolutely crazy morning with packing, and lugging my luggage all the way to the parking garage. On the way back to the Omni, I stopped by Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee (my summertime favorite!) and a muffin for breakfast. I checked out of the hotel and scrambled to find my morning session. I found A, C, D, E, and F, but could not for the life of me find B – where the session was being held. I thought I had found it, but turns out I was in D – which was about clinical experience for Paramedics. Being thoroughly confused by this topic, I went to C, where Bill Young was leading his first session of the day entitled “The Computer in Your Student’s Pocket”. While I only saw the last portion of Bill’s presentation, I did notice how engaged Bill’s audience was. He had the crowd laughing, answering questions he posed, and asking questions.

The Exhibit Table was much slower today than the rest of the days (many had left this morning). We drew for our iPad Mini giveaway at noon, and our winner excitedly came to claim it. Ironically enough, it was a bit of a consolation prize for him, as one of his students left his program to come to EKU’s and finish his degree at EKU in the College of Justice and Safety.

Breakout Session 7: Low Cost, No Cost Tech for EMS Educators (led by EKU Faculty Bill Young!)

Things I learned:

1)     Always start small but dream big. Think of your objectives, how you can accomplish them with today’s tools, and where you can go with that.

2)     “21st century skills are all about teaching our kids to navigate the world as THEY are experiencing it, not the world WE experienced.” Will Richardson

3)     In a flipped classroom environment, let the students do the readings and watch the videos at home or in their own time, and work on real life problems in class.

4)     Free or low cost apps to use:

a.       Poll Everywhere -

b.      Doodle scheduler -

c.       SignUpGenius -

d.      QR Codes (can add chosen website/content) – google “Create QR Code” and many different websites will pop up

                                                               i.      Amazing race

                                                             ii.      Quiz of the week

                                                           iii.      Puzzle of the week

                                                           iv.      Homeworks

                                                             v.      Outside office/classroom

                                                           vi.      Unlimited ways to use!

e.       Screencast-O-matic -

                                                               i.      Create quick videos

f.        Plickers -

                                                               i.      “Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.” (Plickers website)

5)     You are only limited by your imagination on what you can and cannot do in your classroom.

After this, I caught up with Bill, and headed back to my car for the almost 4 hour trip back to Lexington. It will be nice to relax and have time to process all I learned!

An overall trip summary will be coming up!



Published on August 11, 2015