5 Secrets from Successful RealCare Baby Users: The Logistics of Launching a RealCare Baby Program

Creating and organizing a well-run RealCare Baby program can take careful preparation and planning. Here are 5 key strategies that successful users have shared to keep in mind when starting a new program or even when revamping an old one!

  1. Organize Your Program:
  • Take an inventory your resources
  • Number all items so that you can easily put sets together including: ID, Diapers, Baby, Clothing, and Other Accessories
  • Create a bin for each Baby and its matching accessories
  1. Prepare YOU – the teacher:
  • Watch the RealCare Student Video
  • Take Baby home to get firsthand experience of what your students will be going through
  • Prepare permission slips
  • Visit our Product Support Page for great resources including FAQs, Guides, and How-To videos!
  • Program Baby a few days ahead of the simulation starting
  1. Preparing Students
  • Have students sign-up ahead of time if spreading out over multiple nights or
  • weekends
  • Watch the RealCare Student Video
  • Have student download the Student App -FREE for iPhone and Android
  • Do a Baby DEMO in the classroom so that students know what steps to take
  1. Pick-up day
  • Create stations for students to easily access all items
  • Have a student helper or two volunteer to help distribute items and keep things moving along
  • Have your inventory list to track which students are going home with which numbered baby and accessories
  1. Return Day
  • Have student helpers inventory items as they are returned to make sure all items are returned and intact
  • Have your inventory list to track of items as they are returned by each student
  • Clean Baby and supplies
  • Give students time to write a reflection on how the experience went and what they learned
  • If possible, have parents or guardians write a reflection on how the experience went from their point of view

For more great tips check out this great webinar today!

6 Great Features of the Bovine Breeder artificial insemination simulator

Realityworks recently launched a new product, the Bovine Breeder artificial insemination simulator. Check out these 6 great features of this innovative learning product:

  1. Realistic cow’s hindquarters and reproductive system to teach proper AI techniques
  2. Simulator fits on classroom tabletops and collapses for easy movement and storage
  3. Choose from two hide options: brown or black and white
  4. Removable cow hide cover to train with visual cues 
  5. Adjustable pieces to give students a variety of different scenarios
  6. Comes with a 3-lesson curriculum including:
    • Teacher guide
    • PowerPoint slides
    • Note taking activities
    • Classroom activities
    • Worksheets
    • Group activities
    • Assessments

Take a few minutes and learn more about our Bovine Breeder artificial insemination simulator:

A Formula for Skills-Based Welding Training

The Need for Welders

As National Welding Month commences, we are reminded of welding’s impact on our world – and the efforts that welding and manufacturing instructors across the country put forth to ensure that today’s students have the skills and abilities they need to succeed in this in-demand profession. According to several industry estimates, the welder deficit is set to eclipse 200,000 by 2020, and hit nearly 375,000 by 2026. Today, welders are retiring at 2x the pace of welders who are coming into the job field. More schools are integrating career and technical education pathways into their offerings, including welding training. With these programs gaining strength there can be challenges to overcome.

Challenges of the Instructor include:

  • Creating individualized learning opportunities
  • Managing the classroom and students effectively
  • Keeping safety a priority
  • Keeping aligned to standards and educational best practices

Along with these challenges, instructors are also trying to keep a new generation of learners engaged and interested in welding and manufacturing programs. We developed tools like the guideWELD® VR welding simulator and guideWELD® LIVE real welding guidance system to help instructors engage today’s 21st Century students in these types of career pathways. Below, we take a closer look at the thought process behind this training tool development.

Formula for Skill-Focused Engagement

Let’s look at this kind of engagement as a formula.

First, we take Skill Development and use it to develop curiosity:

  • Create tangible ways to develop understanding of concepts
  • Practice and learn key systems and technique development

Next, we utilize competition to develop Skill Refinement:

  • Enhance skill through rigorous assessment and experiences
  • Gain best practices and industry standard learning

By giving students choices, they can continue to Enhance their Skills:

  • Personalize and individualize learning
  • Modify to individual strengths and talents

Lastly, we develop a deep connection through Skill Sharing with their peers:

  • Strong peer-to-peer communication and career exploration
  • Learn from sharing best practices and innovative findings

By following this formula, we can develop an engaging program for all students who are working their way through welding pathways. What’s more, training tools like the guideWELD® VR welding simulator and guideWELD® LIVE real welding guidance system can help ensure that students are given opportunities to develop, refine, enhance and share their skills in an efficient, effective way.

The American Welding Society (AWS) has stated that National Welding Month is an important opportunity to highlight an industry where trade skills are in dire need. Are you wondering how you can help celebrate? AWS has put together some great information on what National Welding Month is all about and how you can help spread the word.  For more great resources on engaging students in welding programs, as well as resources for developing and implementing the programs themselves, check out our welding webinars here.

Is Your RealCare Baby Software Up to Date?

By Nate Schlieve, Realityworks Product Support Technician

Do you use RealCare Baby 3 in your classroom? If so, it is a good practice to ensure that you are using the most recent version of Control Center and that your Babies are also properly updated.

To find out if you need to update your Control Center software, open the Control Center, click “Help” at the top left corner, scroll down and click “About.” If the version you have is below 4.4, visit the Product Support site here, scroll down and click on the box for either Windows or Mac to update your Control Center. The update is free!

Once you have updated your Control Center, you may notice that your RealCare Baby 3’s now have an * next to the check mark. This indicates that there is a new firmware update available (if your RCB3 does not have an * then your Baby has the most up-to-date firmware). You can follow along with the instructions here to update the firmware. Make sure the Baby is plugged into the charger and that you have about 5 minutes per Baby to complete the update.

For more Product Support tips, videos, and guides visit: https://www.realityworks.com/support/realcare-baby/

 

Tips for Building an Early Childhood Pathway

When you begin to build your early childhood pathway plan of study, there are many places you can start and resources to go to. We have put together some tips and resources to help you jump-start a new Early Childhood Pathway or build up existing courses.

Build your plan of study

As you begin to look at what you need in this area, a helpful website to go to is: https://www.careertech.org/career-clusters They have a ‘plan of study’ worksheet that is editable. This helpful planning tool can be used to layout the courses you’ll need in your early childhood plan of study.

Review the Early Learning Career Pathways Initiative

The Early Learning Career Pathway Initiative has published the Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field technical assistance report. These 6 key elements can help guide the development of your early childhood pathway.

Build an Advisory Council

Consider putting together an early childhood advisory council.  Choose these from a variety of settings and levels of responsibility to get a variety of viewpoints and input.

  • Invite 5-10 industry professionals to participate in an early childhood advisory council
  • Meet several times per year
  • Focus on outcomes – what are employers looking for
  • Are you teaching the right things?
  • Form partnerships for field experience, job-shadowing, guest speaker opportunities

Seek industry-recognized certifications

Many districts require that any career pathways created lead to industry-recognized certifications or credentials of some sort. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.

The 6 goals of the CDA credential are:

  • To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
  • To advance physical and intellectual competence
  • To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
  • To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs
  • To maintain a commitment to professionalism

Curriculum

Curriculum forms the content backbone to any effective program of study.  What you teach is just as important as how you teach. We can help you design your education and training program for early childhood.  We have dozens of lessons from a variety of curricula provided with our experiential learning resources. We’ve reviewed them and put together a recommended package of content for creating an early childhood program of study. Learn more by visiting our Pathways page for more information.

 

 

View our webinar on Building an Early Childhood Pathway to more tips and resources:

5 Takeaways from “Why VR Works: A Panel Discussion”

We recently hosted a panel discussion about why virtual reality welding works for today’s CTE students. Featuring Realityworks RealCareer Product Manager Jamey McIntosh, Realityworks Support Specialist and guideWELD® trainer Chris Potapenko and Arizona welding instructor Kenton Webb, the webinar featured candid conversations about how instructors across the country are implementing this technology into their programs and using it to engage students, foster skill development, boost confidence and save money.

Below are excerpts from the live presentation (watch the complete recording here).

1. It’s a great tool to use with beginning classes

“I’ve found it best to start off with my beginning level classes where a lot of those kids have never welded before so they don’t know the difference in between live and virtual. It’s definitely helped them as they’ve started off with something harder and then when they get out into the shop it’s a lot easier for them when it comes to the live application of it. It also helps them build their confidence. Sometimes welding equipment is terrifying to kids and they’re scared of the sparks and the heat and the fire.”
– Kenton Webb, Welding Instructor, Marana High School, AZ

“It’s a great tool and utility to bring in new students to get them started with the basics of welding. It eliminates some of the fear factor that goes into getting them out on the real machine where they’re dealing with the heat, the sparks, the fumes. It’s a great resource to have in that safe classroom environment, it’s going to teach them all of the core functions of welding and give them that immediate feedback as well that they’re looking for.”
– Chris Potapenko, Realityworks Support Specialist and certified guideWELD® trainer

2. The guideWELD® VR welding simulator by Realityworks comes with WPS’s (Welding Procedure Specifications) and the ability to make your own WPS’s, to gear it towards your own curriculum.

“I’ve created 9 separate WPS’s that the students have to go through and hit at an 80% or higher before they can move on to the next WPS,” said Webb. “Once they’ve finished and hit that mark in the classroom then I also have the guideWELD Live and they go out and use those with the actual hands on weld.”
– Kenton Webb, Welding Instructor, Marana High School, AZ

“Being able to create your own welds that your community might be doing. We have schools that say, ‘just down the road we have welding jobs open, I want my students to be able to get those welding jobs, and I want my students to be able to practice those kinds of welds.’ They can put into guideWELD VR the exact parameters that the need to do. It ties in that career interest.”
– Jamey McIntosh, Realityworks RealCareer Product Manager

3. Virtual welding can improve learning for students

“Because they do get immediate feedback and they can actually see what they’re doing wrong immediately as they’re going through the weld that definitely helps them. Even with my special education students, it gives them more feedback that they need and gets them more comfortable using it before they go out and use the real thing. It covers your basic work angles, travel angles, distance and all of that so when I’m using that terminology out in the shop it’s not going over their head because they’ve been introduced to it.”
– Kenton Webb, Welding Instructor, Marana High School, AZ

4. Virtual welding can save your program money, and guideWELD VR will help prove how much you are saving

“I was able to go and figure out, ok this is what I would pay for the steel, if I was doing these joints this is what it would cost per joint. So, I was able to see, each class by the time they were done with the 9 modules, and it counts every attempt that they do whether they pass it or fail it, so there were some of my classes that if they were out in the shop they would have burned through $800 worth of material and that’s not even including the gas and wire, nozzles and tips that they would have burned through learning how to do it on the live thing. It definitely helps educators justify the cost for it, in terms of down the road this is saving us money and for some of those programs that don’t have funding for unlimited metals and stuff like that it gives them a little more time to start them off in the class but then still not worry about running through all of their material before the end of the year.”
– Kenton Webb, Welding Instructor, Marana High School, AZ

5. Students love the gaming aspect of virtual welding

“With kids being more tech savvy and gamer savvy, they really do enjoy doing it because they are coming to school to play a game so you are getting a little bit more buy in and interest as well. Another thing I noticed is some of them will turn it into a competition where they see one kid get a 95 then the other kids are ‘oh I can do better’ and they are going back for more and trying to beat each other with a little competition.”
– Kenton Webb, Welding Instructor, Marana High School, AZ

These responses were extracted from our webinar, “Why VR Works: A Panel Discussion,” which can be found here. This discussion was facilitated by Kenton Webb, welding instructor from Marana High School, Tucsun, AZ; Jamey McIntosh, product manager for Realityworks; and Chris Potapenko, technology support specialist for Realityworks.

Take a Dive into the RealCare Baby® Curriculum

Many teachers use RealCare Baby® infant simulators in their classrooms. Classes including life skills, parenting, child development, and more, have found the infant simulators to be an important tool for providing hands-on learning experiences to students of many ages. However, not all instructors realize that RealCare Baby comes with four sets of comprehensive curriculum that can help save planning time, prepare students for successful simulation experiences, engage students with a variety of in-class activities and address topics ranging from parenting and child development to healthy choices and pregnancy prevention.

Watch this webinar recording to learn more:

Have questions about how to access your curriculum? Contact our Product Support Team today!

2018 Catalogs Are Here!

It’s here — our 2018 Catalogs are ready to be shared! They are full of details on all the learning aids and resources we offer for teaching family and consumer sciences, health sciences, agriculture, trade skills, and more.

There are also several new items in our 2018 FACS catalog, including:

We offer a variety of exciting tools (and curriculum!) you can use to engage your students and help them develop skills in human services, and education and training.

Realityworks is continuing to develop new tools you can use to engage your students and help them develop clinical nursing skills and soft, patient-focused skills. New in our 2018 Health Science catalog:

Our 2018 Agriculture catalog features tools you can use to engage your students and help them develop skills in animal and vet science, plant science, manufacturing and more. Newly featured this year are:

This year our 2018 Trade Skills catalog includes many great tools to develop skills in welding, electrical wiring, manufacturing and more.

  • Pathway packages to jump-start your welding, electrical or advanced manufacturing courses
  • Portable workstations to keep classrooms organized and provide more workspace
  • New webinars and other opportunities for professional development

We offer a variety of exciting tools (and curriculum!) you can use to engage your students and help them develop their skills. Take time to check out these great products, get a quote, or place an order online today!

Making a Difference through Family & Consumer Sciences: A RealCare Baby® User Spotlight

Posted February 10, 2018 | by Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

Finance. Housing and interior design. Food science. Human development. The life and career skills that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators equip students with can have a significant impact on their lives. In the two decades since RealCare Baby® first made its debut, we’ve had the pleasure of working with many dedicated FCS professionals who were using RealCare Baby to help prepare young people for their future. In this RealCare Baby User Spotlight, we explore how Battle High School Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher Amanda McGovern uses Baby in her program.

Since September 2013, McGovern has used Baby to provide her Child Development 1 & 2 students with authentic, hands-on learning experiences as they discuss human development. As a result, McGovern’s 14- to 18-year-old students leave the classroom more prepared for children in the future and for careers related to child care.

“The Babies have become so much more than just a project for these students,” said McGovern, who has 11 RealCare Baby 3 infant simulators and one RealCare® Pregnancy Profile® Simulator. “They have really become a great discussion piece for choosing to parent or building their resumes for jobs.”

Now, McGovern incorporates these experiential learning tools and the accompanying curricula regularly, sending Babies home with students for the weekend and also using them during in-class “Baby Bootcamp” sessions. During these sessions, McGovern turns all 11 Babies to demonstration mode and students practice changing their clothes and getting them in and out of car seats while addressing their frequent needs.

“I love the authentic learning, and the reports are incredible,” said McGovern. “I use the provided curriculum frequently to engage students and provide multiple means of learning. It’s easily integrated into classes and provides a great variety of activities. Students are challenged to do this project and take of this Baby for longer than most have ever cared for a real child. The experience takes them out of their comfort zone, and the learning is authentic. It really makes an impact on students now and in the future.”

Ready to learn more about the impact RealCare Baby could have on your program? 

  • Get details about this powerful simulator and the curriculum that accompanies it by clicking here
  • Learn more about Realityworks’ partnership with the American Academy of Family and Consumer Sciences by clicking here
  • Read the Amanda McGovern’s complete story (originally published in 2016) by clicking here

Teaching 21st Century Welding Students: The Tools You Need to Engage and Train

By Jamey McIntosh, Realityworks RealCareer Product Manager

As the skills gap continues to widen and CTE educators focus more and more on meeting 21st century learning with 21st century technology, the need for efficient methods of developing student’s skills – the skills of our future workforce – is bigger than ever before.

The American Welding Society estimates that by 2020 – just two years away – there will be a shortage of 290,000 professionals, including inspectors, engineers, welders and teachers. For welding instructors and trainers, finding tools that provide the best course of student training will help engage and develop the skilled welders our workforce needs.

One way to provide such training to 21st century learners, while addressing the skills gap, is through a robust welding solution – a solution that will transform your classroom into a 21st century welding lab.

A 21st century welding lab, complete with the technology and tools needed by 21st century students, would not only to engage students and encourage them to enter welding courses, but improve upon their welding techniques so they become proficient. Through three stages of learning, each of which incorporates various technologies, this welding solution emphasizes individual skill development, trains welders faster and in the end, develops our workforce.

3 Steps to a 21st Century Welding Lab

Virtual reality welding simulators have become the first step of such a solution. These technologically advanced tools engage students in the skill of welding while providing a safe environment in which to learn techniques, proper angles and muscle memory.

The second stage of this welding solution would feature guidance and training during live welding in the welding booth. This guided reality experience would allow students to hone their skills, correct positioning and master welds faster – all while slowly getting used to a real welding environment.

Finally, the solution would see students do actual welds without guidance.

Meet the solution

A robust welding solution is now available through Realityworks’ welding solutions.

It begins with the guideWELD® VR welding simulator, a virtual reality welding simulator that enables students to master basic welding skills and learn proper technique in a safe, virtual environment.

It continues with the guideWELD™ LIVE real welding guidance system, an in-helmet solution for live welding that provides immediate feedback on work angle, travel angle and speed while the user is performing live, arc-on welds.

Both tools can be used by instructors – who can have as much as a 1/25 teacher-to-student ratio — to help with classroom management and ensure that improvements continue with all students.

Instructors have seen the impact of the Realityworks’ welding solutions program, particularly feedback during live welding. In fact, instructors report that students have improved their technique by at least a week after being guided during live welds. As Hutchinson Community College Welding Instructor Greg Seipert stated after his students used guideWELD LIVE, “My students get it and their welds improve, along with their confidence.”

It is vital that educators utilize technology that truly works for our future workforce. Realityworks’ welding solutions were created by welders for welding education to help develop the skills of today’s students. Finding a full solution for your classroom will not only prepare your 21st century students for the future but address our nation’s skills gap as well.

Ready to learn more? Explore all of Realityworks’ welding solutions by clicking here