3 Ways Product Training Could Benefit Your Program

By Andrea Phan, Realityworks Training Coordinator

Don’t let your new cool learning tools collect dust. Take advantage of training opportunities from Realityworks! Whether your training takes place on-site or online, your personalized sessions will be hosted by product experts who are committed to ensuring you know how to make the most of your tools. Here are three way using our product training opportunities can advance your program:

1. Take the guesswork out of where to start and how to implement your new classroom tools. Training will help jumpstart your product implementation process by giving you the know-how to use your new hands-on learning aides effectively and efficiently. Becoming familiar with how the products work will give you the confidence to integrate them into your classroom and use them with your students. Being prolific with your hands-on learning aids and available curriculum will maximize the time you spend with your students; you’ll spend more time teaching content and less time planning and preparing.

2. Hear best practices experienced teachers have shared with us. Over the years, we’ve learned their unique tips and tricks from teachers as well as tried and true best practices. We are always impressed by new ways teachers use our products to engage students daily.  (In fact, this recent blog post covers a few of those ideas!) Through Realityworks’ training sessions, you have access to experienced professionals like veteran teachers; most of our trainers have been with us for over 10 years.

3. Ask questions tailored to your program and desired classroom use. Training can be customized for you to help you carve out the time, energy and strategy needed to become a product expert. Discussions can be personalized to help address issues that are most relevant for your student population or a certain situation. We know you’re very busy and having a designated training time will also get you jumpstarted on using our time-saving curriculum, which can be modified to fit your classroom needs.

Our trainers value time with our customers and feel it’s the best way we can learn – from you, the teacher. We look forward to making you a product expert and hope you don’t feel like you need to reinvent the wheel. Learn from us, as well as your fellow teachers, on how to implement your new hands-on learning classroom tools and make the most of your program!

Ready to learn more about our product training opportunities? Click here to explore all of your product training options.

4 Tips for Incorporating Hands-On Learning Aids Into Your Healthcare Program

Considering incorporating hands-on learning aids into your healthcare program? Here are 4 things you should consider. 

As our healthcare infographic depicts, healthcare workers are in high demand, and that demand is going to keep growing. In-demand skill sets span health science pathways, from allied health professionals to nurses and physician assistants to caregivers who can work with older patients. And as demand for those skills increases, so will the importance of using teaching tools and resources that truly engage the new generations of healthcare students.

One way to engage today’s healthcare students is through the use of hands-on learning aids.

Hands-on learning works for many reasons. Today’s easily distracted students, who have a remarkably short attention spans, need active learning opportunities to stay engaged. They crave the immediate feedback that real-life training scenarios provide. Most importantly, studies show that despite a strong desire to learn, today’s students will disengage with the discussion if they don’t feel connected or don’t see the relevance.

What should you consider when incorporating hands-on learning aids for your healthcare program?

  1. Consider pre-activity. You’re using hands-on learning aids to create an experience, and you can set the stage for that experience by introducing the concept in a simple way. For instance, if you’re using the RealCare™ Geriatric Simulator to help students understand the physical limitations of elderly patients, completing an empathy assessment is a good way to kick off the hands-on experience.
  2. Start with demonstrations. Providing practice opportunities prior to the actual training experience is a good way to get your students comfortable with a new learning aid. Make sure they know that mistakes are allowed; encourage them to be successful. Combined with the opportunity for questions and answers, demonstrations can be a powerful, engaging form of training.
  3. Consider your curriculum. There are many types of hands-on learning aids out there, from low-fidelity task training arms to high-fidelity birthing models. There is a place for both, but which option will best serve your curriculum without going over-budget? Remember, low-fidelity learning aids may not look as fancy as their higher-tech counterparts, but can go a long way towards increasing student engagement in the core concepts you’re already teaching.
  4. Remember to reflect. At the end of the experience, be sure to facilitate reflection on individual performance. Ask your students how they felt during the experience, whether outcomes were met, and what they would do to make it a good experience for their patient? Not only does reflection help underscore core concepts, but it helps your students develop soft skills like critical thinking and reasoning.

Three hands-on learning tools that are making an impact in healthcare classrooms around the country our Geriatric Medication Management Kit, our Blood Pressure Simulator and our catheterization models. See them all by clicking here.

Resources for Starting a Health Science Pathway

When you begin to build your health science pathway plan of study, there are many places you can start and resources to go to. Here are a few to help you get started or even to help revamp and existing program:

Plan of Study Worksheets – Advance CTE has put together a great page featuring the 16 Career Clusters from the National Career Clusters Framework along with the pathways that fall under each cluster. The website, www.careertech.org/career-clusters, has links to each cluster and tools like Knowledge & Skills Statements and editable Plans of Study worksheets.

Six Key Elements of Career Pathways – Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development is another great resource and includes the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways. It was designed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the Manhattan Strategy Group to help guide local and state teams through the essential components necessary for developing a comprehensive career pathways system.

Common Career Technical Core Standards – One very helpful place to go is cte.careertech.org and the Common Career Technical Core Standards for Health Science.  They include specific measurable performance objectives for the Health Science Career Cluster in General and as well as each pathway within the cluster.  Review the standards that apply to the pathway you are developing to ensure that you are teaching these basic core competencies in your program.  This is part of the 6 key elements where you are designing the education and training programs.

Industry-Recognized Certifications – There are several organizations to look to when it comes to certifications. The NHA currently offers 8 certifications which can be found on their website: https://www.nhanow.com/certifications NOCTI has 5 different categories of related certifications: Job Ready, Pathway, State Collaboration, Employability Skills and Certificate & Partner. The American Medical Certification Association has many certifications available in 3 categories: Clinical Certification, Administration Certification and Career Advancement/Secondary Certifications.

National Organizations with Assessments or Competitions – The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) offers a Health Science Assessment. The assessment adds the credibility of a national certification of achievement, satisfies Perkins requirements for technical attainment, validates student mastery of foundational healthcare knowledge and skills, and can shape curriculum delivery through teacher reports identifying students’ success and areas of greatest need by standard.  Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) sponsors dozens of knowledge and skills competitions at the state and national level relating to a wide variety of health science topics. HOSA Offers 56 Competitive Events that are aligned to the National Healthcare Foundation and Accountability Criteria outlined by the National Consortium for Health Science Education.

For more great information and resources on starting your health science pathway, take a few minutes to check out our latest webinar below:

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:

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!

FACS National Standards Aligned Curriculum

As a member of the Alliance for Family and Consumer Science, we are proud to support their mission to advance the profession by enhancing communication, developing leaders, and supporting public policy education and engagement. One development we have been watching with interest has been the recent update to the FACS National Standards by the National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS).

According to NASAFACS, in May 2014, they initiated a project to update the national standards again, utilizing a highly participatory process that involved over 2,000 stakeholders providing input and feedback. The Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards continues the proud tradition of providing the framework for national, state, and local programs that prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by empowering individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Source: NASAFACS 2018, Third Edition

We are happy to provide an updated curricular alignment to the newly revised FACS National Standards. All hands-on learning resources in the RealCare product line from Realityworks include a comprehensive curriculum. Now you can see how each curriculum correlates to the FACS National Standards. Just click here!

Top 5 Ways to Interact with Realityworks at CareerTech VISION 2017

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4. Find out what it feels like to age

3. See how fast you can put together our Cow Model!

2. Try your hand at virtual welding

1. Learn all about the new products we have in store for 2018!

We’re going to be launching new Agriculture and Health Science training tools in the coming year. Make sure to come visit for a sneak peek at the new line-up!

Stop by booth 401 to learn more about how our innovative learning tools for skills training can enhance your programs!

3 Reasons You Should Be Using Your ‘Lesson-At-A-Glance’ Curricula Feature

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

As a teacher, your lesson plan is your road map. It’s how you plan what your students need to learn and how you ensure that learning will be done effectively during class time. It’s your go-to resource yourself short on planning time or when you find yourself in sudden need of a substitute teacher.

We understand the importance of a good lesson plan. That’s why we developed a lesson template for every curriculum we offer (and we offer a lot – almost all of our hands-on learning aids for Career and Technical Education include curriculum).

Do you use RealCare Baby® to teach child development topics? Do you use our Food Safety Kit to teach culinary skills? Do you use our nursing training tools to address basic nursing skills? Each of those products includes a robust curriculum, and each lesson includes a Lesson-At-A-Glance feature.

Here are 3 reasons you should be using the Lesson-At-A-Glance feature of your curriculum.

1. Use it to save time. 
As a teacher, your time is invaluable. The Lesson-At-A-Glance is your quick-reference guide to each lesson. It tells you what will be covered, what materials you’ll need, how to prepare and how long each lesson will take to teach.

2. Use it to quickly prepare a substitute teacher. 
The Lesson-At-A-Glance feature lists the activities, required materials, preparation steps and teaching time for every lesson. Bookmark this feature for your next sub and they’ll know exactly what they need to do for every period.

3. Use it to customize your program. 
We know you’re picking and choosing from a variety of sources to make your lesson the best it can be. Use the Lesson-At-A-Glance feature to quickly skim the covered topics and required lesson materials, and hone in on the topics that will complement your plan the best.

Wondering if your product came with curriculum? Do you need to verify that a product you’re considering includes curriculum? Visit our website, or contact us for details. We’re happy to discuss your unique program and help you determine the best way to use your Realityworks curriculum.

College and Career Ready?

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

In the last 20 years, standards-based education has been focused on the goal of creating a literate and economically competitive workforce. There are a host of national and state-specific educational standards that are intended to provide a framework for educators to use to build a curriculum that is explicit, relevant, and successful. That’s where we can help.

Our new product line of nursing task trainers, simulators and models come with comprehensive ready-to-use curricula. Each individual curriculum includes detailed facilitator instructions, handouts, slide presentations and assessment tools that align to several sets of health science-related standards.  To make using our curricular resources even more user friendly, we have completed an alignment to several sets of health science-related standards.

The National Health Science Standards, developed by the National Consortium for Health Science Education provide a clear and consistent understanding of industry and post-secondary expectations for health science teachers. The cross-walk document provided at this link identifies which standards the various curricula align to.

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education.  We have identified specific CCTC standards that correlate to each of our health science curricula as well. To access this alignment document, click here.

Helping students learn the skills they need to become successful future healthcare workers is our goal.  We are happy to help provide standards-based curricular resources that ensure students are learning the right skills.

On the Road with Realityworks: Career Exploration Teaching Tips from the 2015 GACTE Conference

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

I recently traveled to Atlanta to attend the 2015 Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education Career Tech Expo on behalf of Realityworks. We always learn a great deal when we visit with our RealCare® Program customers who stop by our booth, and this conference was no different.

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One recurring theme that we have heard before surfaced at this year’s GACTE trade show. As Family and Consumer Science (FACS) instructors are ensuring that their programs focus on college- and career-readiness, traditional parenting courses are being discontinued as irrelevant.  More FACS instructors are asking for ways to use RealCare Baby and our other RealCare Program products as resources for teaching transferable career skills. Here is what we told those teachers; feel free to use these tips if you are facing this challenge in your own program:

  • Use our free career exploration curriculum, which we created specifically for the RealCare Program. The 5-lesson Using the RealCare Program for Career Exploration uses each of our RealCare experiential learning tools, like RealCare Baby, to jumpstart career exploration in related occupations. Career pathways such as Education & Training, Human Services and Healthcare are included in these ready-to-use lesson plans.
  • Build greater value into your course content by teaching employability or soft skills. A free 6-lesson curriculum can be found here. These lessons can be used in any CTE course and give students active practice on time management, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and interview skills. Many of these soft skills are included in state and national CTE standards.
  • Consider using your courses to lead to an industry-recognized certification. Turn your parenting classes into childhood development and early childhood career skills courses as part of a CDA (Child Development Associate) or similar certification.
  • Work with your local community college to see if a dual credit course or program can be created.
  • Rework your course title and syllabus to highlight the college and career readiness skills that are already being taught.
  • Use the alignment and crosswalk documents found here to clearly identify the Common Career Technical Core Standards that are being taught in the RealCare Program lessons that you are teaching.
  • Participate in cross-curricular planning with other core academic and CTE instructors. Identify areas of common interest and teach interdisciplinary units with common themes. For example, as you use RealCare Baby to teach childcare career skills, your Entrepreneurship instructor could use the start-up of a daycare as a class project.

We hope these ideas help you jumpstart your own creative juices! To view a webinar on using the RealCare Program for career exploration, click here.

Are you using the RealCare Program to teach transferrable career skills in your classroom? If so, we’d love to hear what you’re doing. Share your ideas in the comments below!