By Nate Schlieve, Realityworks Product Support Technician
When programming RealCare Baby for a simulation do you ever wonder what the five numbers under “Schedule Order” mean?
RealCare Babies are pre-programmed with 15 different care schedules. The 5 numbers in the schedule order correspond to the numbers found on your care schedule table which can be found in your program materials, on our website, or on the link here. The care schedule table indicates how much time will be spent caring for the Baby during each hour of a schedule. It will not tell you what care event will be requested or at what time care will be needed, and it will not indicate how long the care event will last.
Below is an
example of Schedule 1 found on the Care Schedule Table. As you will see the
Baby does not need any care during the 2:00pm and 3:00pm hours, but at 11:00pm
most of the hour will be spent caring for the Baby.
Baby will switch to a new schedule at 6:00am the follow
morning. You can use the chart to get a sense of how busy a participant’s
simulation will be. You can also use the chart to select schedules you feel are
appropriate for your participant.
Check out the video below for more great tips on getting started with RealCare Baby.
We are excited to announce that we were presented with the 2019
Florida Career Pathways Best Practice Award during the 2019 Florida Career
Pathways Network Symposium in Jensen Beach, FL on January 17. The award
recognized our prioritization of educator and administrator partnerships to
ensure the company’s training tools meet student needs while teaching in-demand
“We’re dedicated to creating innovative learning tools that keep
today’s students and teachers in mind, and our product development practices
reflect that dedication,” said Realityworks Product Marketing Manager Jamey
McIntosh, who accepted the award from Florida Career Pathways Network President
Chris Jargo. “It is by asking teachers what they need that we create quality
training tools for their classrooms.”
McIntosh gave symposium attendees deeper insight into
Realityworks’ product development practices in his symposium presentation,
“Using Hands-On Learning Aids and Simulation to Teach Animal Science for
Agriculture Education.” The presentation detailed how Realityworks uses
instructor feedback and research-based learning to create training tools that
focus on career readiness within growing fields like agriculture, the single
largest employer in the world. As a result, the company’s training tools
include one-a-kind products like the Bovine Breeder™ artificial insemination
simulator and the Bovine Injection Simulator, which provide instructors with
affordable, convenient and engaging ways to teach students key agriculture
“Educators have shared with us their desire for interactive,
memorable products that focus on skill development while improving classroom
management,” said McIntosh. “Their insight helps ensure that our programs
remain relevant and continue providing the targeted learning opportunities
today’s students need to develop job skills.”
For more information on Realityworks’ products and programs, visit
You can also watch the recording from McIntosh’s “Using Hands-On Learning Aids
and Simulation to Teach Animal Science for Agriculture Education” webinar
By Nate Schlieve, Realityworks Product Support Technician
Did you know that the Xstick is not a memory stick?
Its technical name is the Xstick Wireless Communication Adapter, and even though the Xstick looks like a memory stick it is actually a communication device. This device sends and receives data between the Control Center and RealCare Babies.
The Xstick does not contain any software for you to install. In order for it to function, you will need to first install the Control Center software from our website. Click here to go directly to the RealCare Baby support page. Once there you can click on the box for either Windows or Mac to install the Control Center.
For more information on getting started with RealCare Baby, take some time to watch the support video below!
The more useful the training tool, the faster you can get to the business of good patient care – teaching it, practicing it and eventually, seeing your students use it to assist real people. That’s why we’re excited to announce a medium-fidelity nursing manikin that not only enables students to practice over 20 basic care functions, but teaches first aid, too.
Our Adult Nursing Manikin is such a robust training tool, in fact, that we decided to share the top 10 ways health occupations, allied health and nursing programs can use it to help their students develop targeted healthcare skills.
You can use our Adult
Nursing Manikin to:
Practice CPR with a simulator that meets the American Heart Association’s 2019 CPR and ECC guidelines: It includes a feedback device that provides directed, specific, real-time coaching feedback on the rate and depth of chest compression.
Practice assessing, treating and caring for Stage 1 and 2 pressure injuries
Practice both colostomy and ileostomy care, including bag cleaning and changing
Practice basic intravenous insertion and medication administration, basic intramuscular injection and venipuncture procedures on a training arm that features realistic vein penetration and blood flashback (and comes with our unique FAST-fluid™ management system)
Practice urethralcatheterinsertion on (interchangeable) male and female genitalia
Practice nasogastric insertion, suctioning and care
Practice patient transfer, handling and positioning on a life-size adult manikin
Practice conducting range-of-motion exercises
Teach 10 comprehensive lessons on patient care topics that include bathing, range of motion, pressure injuries, ostomy care and catheterization
BONUS: Teach injury and trauma care by transforming this medical manikin into a trauma manikin with our 43-piece Trauma Moulage Kit
By Emily Kuhn, Realityworks Communications Specialist
We created the guideWELD® VR welding simulator to give instructors an inexpensive yet effective way to engage students in welding career exploration and train them on the fundamentals of welding. We know demand for skilled welders is growing, and tools like these help students develop the basic skills they need to succeed in related careers. Five years later, we’ve visited welding classrooms and shops from Arizona to Alaska, helping CTE instructors implement virtual reality welding simulators in their programs. Along the way, we’ve learned a few key lessons:
Students and instructors alike have shared the fun they’ve had trying to beat their peer’s scores on the guideWELD VR welding simulators, which assess users on their work angle, travel angle, speed, nozzle-to-plate distance and straightness, then provide a cumulative score.
Rodian Manjarres was a high school welding student at J. Harley Bonds Career Center in Greer, SC when we caught up with her at a National SkillsUSA competition. She told us of her own guideWELD VR use, “We were all trying to beat each other’s scores and kept taking more turns. Everyone was really excited about it.”
In fact, the simulators’ competitive aspect was a particular benefit to this female welder.
“I liked it a lot because I could beat the guys at it,” said Manjarres. “There are only a few of us that can get the gun to turn gold.”
Instructors have found that competition encourages students to continue enhancing their form and technique and build muscle memory. And the more students use this training tool, the more developed their welding technique becomes.
“Cool tools” can impact fundraising efforts.
We’ve spoken to several ingenious instructors who bring their guideWELD VR units to open houses and other community events. The simulators grab attendees’ attention, helps them understand what students are learning and help generate support for their classrooms.
Dan Leinen uses the simulators in his agriculture classes at Harlan Community High School in Harlan, IA. He told us of one event where letting a community member try the simulator directly impact that individual’s willingness to donate to his ag program.
“This particular company owner had an FFA background but had never welded,” said Leinen. “He sat down and tried the simulator and almost instantly committed to donating funds.”
guideWELD VR is portable, and its virtual nature means there is no gas, ventilation or sparks to worry about. By showing the community what you’re doing in your classroom, they see what they could be supporting.
Technology is attractive.
Recruitment might be one of the most common ways we hear guideWELD VR being used. The tool’s video game-like environment appeals to today’s technology-driven students, and the lack of sparks calms common welding fears. And in regions where students aren’t coming from farms or other environments where welding is the norm, instructors enjoy having a safe way to introduce the skill to new users.
John Paulus uses the simulators in the Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Mobile Manufacturing Lab. The lab travels to various locations across Western Wisconsin to provide middle- and high-school students with manufacturing career exploration opportunities.
“A lot of these kids have never touched a welder or turned a lathe in their life,” said Paulus. “We’re trying to get these kids excited about getting skilled and getting into manufacturing careers. This equipment is enhancing our ability to do that.”
Ready to learn more about the guideWELD VR
Soft skills, employability skills, people skills… however you refer to them, soft skills are critical to career success. Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge.
So how can we ensure that skills are being taught in every CTE class?
Realityworks created its own program: the RealCareer™ Employability Skills Program. Through our research, talking with educators and confirming information with business owners, we found a lot of great ways to not only engage students in this topic but to help them carry these skills on in life.
We know that adding additional topics to your curriculum can be scary. We also know educators do not have a lot of time and sometimes are unsure how to start incorporating this topic into their program.
Use the 5 ideas below to incorporate soft skill development into your classroom without stress.
Keep in mind, these ideas could work for different CTE areas, including engineering, nursing, Family and Consumer Sciences, welding and business. The goal is to start addressing these skills in your classroom!
Create Conversation Cards. Write a variety of conversation topics onto note cards: “Describe the last book you read,” “Discuss the previous assignment and how you handled the questions,” or “What do you want to do after high school?” Then take 5 minutes of each class to pair students up with one conversation card and have them discuss the topic. Use this activity to teach communication skills and show your students how to converse with their peers.
Great for: ANY PATHWAY! Make your cards about topics in class or make them generic!
Bring in guest speakers. Ask community members in your area of education to speak to the class on soft skills topics. Recommended questions include: “What soft skills are important to your profession?” “What soft skills have you used in the last week at work?” “How can working on soft skills get me a job?”
Great for: ANY PATHWAY! Invite someone in that has a career your students might want someday.
Take time to reflect. If you are working on specific soft skills, make sure you give students a few minutes at the end of class to write about what went well, what could be improved on and what they noticed. For example, if they are working in a group, they are developing the ability to work on a team. Have them reflect on what it is like working in a team. If they just presented on a topic to their classmates, have them reflect on how they felt presenting, what could have made the presentation go better and what they did right.
Great for: ANY PATHWAY! Reflection time is working on critical thinking – one of the big soft skills needed in today’s workplace.
Create responsibility in the classroom. This could mean:
Having students use day planners to help with time management (encourage blocking time for homework)
Having students take care of a plant for the semester – plant it, water it, feed it and care for it. While simple, this is great for responsibility!
Great for: ANY PATHWAY! No matter what class you teach, your students need to show up on time, prepared and ready to listen and participate in class. These are all soft skills.
Get the RealCareer Employability Skills Program. This program is filled with activities that hit on the KEY soft skills needed to succeed. It includes a full curriculum, workbooks, scenario cards and presentation slides. This out-of-the-box program makes it SIMPLE to incorporate soft skills in ANY CTE pathway.
By Emily Kuhn, Realityworks Communications Specialist
Born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, Generation Z students have been occupying your classroom for 4-5 years already, and this year, they will make up 32 percent of the global population. You’ve probably noticed that there are some unique differences between today’s students and their Millennial predecessors, the oldest of whom have been in the workforce for more than a decade. Today’s students are even more tech-savvy; they can multi-task even faster and they have even shorter attention spans. Generation Z students read less than 20% of text; they think in 4D, not 3D; and they are used to immediate feedback. How do you engage learners who demand connection, who will disengage with the discussion if they don’t see the relevance, and who wish to not only hear about a topic, but see it, touch it and feel it?
Adapting your teaching methods to meet the needs of today’s Generation Z students and keep them engaged is not only vital to be an effective 21st Century educator, but can help transform your students’ education. We know that the standard classroom model, where an educator stands in front of the class and lectures, no longer works – at least, not all the time. In this post, we’ll share tips we’ve learned from educators across the globe that can help you grab, and keep, your students’ attention.
1: Avoid lengthy PowerPoint presentations. We know that avoiding PowerPoint altogether is impossible – there’s a time and a place for this presentation format. However, you can incorporate quizzes, activities and hands-on demonstrations every few slides to break up your students’ attention – and help keep it.
2: Use multiple teaching modalities. Videos, online activities and group work are great additions to textbook work. The key here is variety, which will not only help keep the attention of your Generation Z students, but appeal to a variety of learning needs.
3: Create an active learning environment by using innovative learning tools. Generation Z students’ desire for social, hands-on learning experiences make interactive simulators and models a vital part of 21st Century classrooms. Our simulators and models – which include resources for Welding & Trade Skills, Agriculture, FCS, Health Science, and Anatomy and Physiology – engage students with realistic details, removeable parts and, in the case of our simulators, truly immersive learning experiences.
See all the learning aids and resources we offer for Career & Technical Education here.
4: Remember that “why” is as important as “what.” Generation Z students need to know that what they’re learning is relevant. By answering the “why” question with evidence-based reasoning before teaching the “how,” you’ll assure them that the concept you’re about to teach applies to real life.
5: Incorporate soft skill development whenever possible. Your students will come to you with a varying degree of these skills, but you know all employers will look for them. Remember that collaborative work helps build communication skills; assignment tweaks and activity changes help build flexibility; open-ended questions help build problem-solving skills; and reflection activities help build critical thinking skills.
You’re already working hard to equip your students with technical and academic skills. By creating an interactive, hands-on learning environment where Generation Z students can engage in active learning opportunities, you’re setting them up for even greater success.
They’re tech-savvy. They have short attention spans. They love to learn, but they are not afraid to ask “why?” – why are you teaching them this task, why are they practicing that concept, why are they studying this topic?
One way to answer those questions is to show your health care students just how in-demand health care careers are. Doing so will give them a better understanding of why the skills they are learning are so important.
This infographic contains 12 eye-opening statistics about health care careers. Download it today to give your students a daily reminder of the career opportunities you are preparing them for.
Learn more: Our webinar, Cool Tools for Engaging Today’s Healthcare Students, explores innovative classroom resources for teaching healthcare students with short attention spans, excellent technology skills and a desire for authentic, real-world learning experiences. Watch it here.
We’re excited to announce our spring webinar schedule!
Each fall and spring we offer a series of free webinars that revolve around the Career and Technical Education world. These sessions are presented by our product managers, product support team, and even some of our account managers get in on the fun.
If you see a webinar that you’re interested in, but can’t make the time or date, make sure to register for it anyways! We will send you a link to the recording along with any presentation materials once the webinar is complete.
Take a look at what we have planned for the spring so far:
Explore Welding Career Pathways with Hands-On Training Methods Monday, January 21st @ Noon CST
Realityworks has supported the iHeartMedia’sChristmas is for Children campaign every holiday season for the past four years. This October, the Charitable Giving Committee announced a new company challenge: A Penny War-funded charitable giving drive to support the program. The twist: First prize would be an executive-served pizza party; second prize would be an executive-served donut party and third prize would be two pies in the face of a third company executive.
Realityworks has supported the Christmas is for Children campaign every holiday season for the past four years. In 2017, enough funds were raised through a non-competitive giving drive to support the purchase of holiday gifts for 16 children. This year, the group hoped to raise a few hundred dollars by giving this annual drive a competitive spin; instead, it was announced that the employees had raised $2,615.98.
“Finding out how many kids we could sponsor was my favorite part of this event,” added Terri Lokken.
The Penny Wars competition drove so much more giving this year, that the 70-person Realityworks team will be able to support 74 local children.
“It was really impressive to be able to support so many kids this year, and I think everyone took a lot of pride in it,” said Tiffany Olek. “We didn’t expect it, but we ended up creating a huge impact and it was a great success!”
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