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Utilization of PDAs During the Learning Process

William D. Hammer CST, M.Ed


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If you think I am talking about

  • PatentDuctusArteriosus

    • You have signed up for the wrong presentation


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PDA

  • Personal Digital Assistant; a small hand-held computer that in the most basic form, allows you to store names and addresses, prepare to-do lists, schedule appointments, keep track of projects, track expenditures, take notes, and do calculations. Depending on the model, you also may be able to send or receive e-mail; do word processing; play MP3 music files; get news, entertainment and stock quotes from the Internet; play video games; and have an integrated digital camera or GPS receiver.


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The Old PDA

  • PDA=Fat Little Notebook/sterile tie holders

  • Stylet=Pencil or Pen

  • Computer processor=your brain

  • Word processor=your hand


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Some Drawbacks to notebooks

  • How many notebooks do you use?

  • Changing information/pen vs. pencil

  • Adding a procedure for a doctor

  • Organization of procedures within the book

  • Degradation of the information/ torn paper

  • How is your handwriting


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Pluses for the notebook

  • Inexpensive- .29$- a couple of dollars

  • Never crashes or locks up

  • No need for batteries

  • If dropped, chances are it will survive


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Pluses to PDAs

  • Easily organized

  • Can hold a virtually unlimited amount of information (with enough RAM)

  • Prices are dropping steadily $30.00-600.00

  • Information is easily transferred to others

  • Can play some fun games


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PDA drawbacks

  • Still kind of expensive

  • It can take a while to add information

  • Will break if dropped

  • It can crash and loose information


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What to look for in a PDA

  • What do you want it to do?

    • E-mail

    • Keep a calendar

    • Word processing

    • Play MP3s

    • Play video

    • Hold pictures


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What to look for in a PDA

  • CPU=speed

  • RAM-can more be added?/Expansion

    • How much does it cost

  • Screen size

  • Color Vs. Black and white

  • Price

  • Audio


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What to look for in a PDA

  • Operating System (os)

    • Palm Vs. Windows

  • Power

    • Double AA’s Vs. Lithium

  • Wireless capabilities

    • Blackberry Vs. 802.11b

  • Built in Camera

  • Built in Phone


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What to look for in a PDA

  • Accessories

  • Programs

    • Cost

    • Platform/os

    • Cost

    • Availability

    • Cost

    • Ease of use

    • COST!!!


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How can we Utilize this tool?

  • Readings and/or lectures can be downloaded

    • PowerPoint presentations

    • Word documents

    • Pictures

    • Lectures in MP3 from

    • Videos


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How can we Utilize this tool?

  • Assignments

    • Downloadable projects

    • Templates of documents

    • Turned in by e-mail or IR beaming

    • E-mail to the learner

    • Date books easily used


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How can we Utilize this tool?

  • Medical Dictionaries can be downloaded

  • Surgical procedural programs are available

    • Skyscape

  • Medication programs are available such as e-pocrates

  • Many other available programs


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How can we Utilize this tool?

  • What do we wish the student to accomplish?

  • What are our goals?

  • What are our objectives?

  • What do we want the student to learn?

  • What do we expect


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Study sheets for cases/ Case Prep

  • A single word document/ Documents To GO

  • Student fills out the information on their computer the night before and downloads this to the PDA

  • The information is IR beamed to the instructors PDA

  • Instructor goes through the information, makes comments and beams it back


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Study sheets for cases/ Case Prep

  • Student makes corrections as necessary

  • Stores information for later retrieval

  • Student can share this information

  • Instructor stores this information

  • Instructor has something to share with future students


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Daily evaluations

  • Daily evaluation sheets can be stored on the PDA

  • As the day progresses, Notes can be added to the sheets

  • At the end of the day you Beam the grade to the student

  • Grades will be stored on the main computer later


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Student addresses

  • How many people have student addresses and phone numbers with them at the clinical sites?

  • It is a matter of point-click-beam


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Is your institution wireless?

  • Many teaching hospitals are becoming wireless

    • Wireless for computers

    • Wireless for PDAs

    • Patient records can be accessed

    • Schedules can be accessed

    • Prescriptions written and sent


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Things to think about

  • Plan out what you wish to accomplish

  • Make the product fit your plan

  • Will every student have a PDA or can they afford one?

  • Understand the learning curve

  • Understand more and more students entering surgical technology today were brought up with computers


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Things to think about

  • PDAs are very common in Medical schools today

  • It is just a matter of time until we reach this next level

  • We talk about the right tool for the right job

  • Time saved is time we can spend at the beach ;-)


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