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Utilization of PDAs During the Learning Process William D. Hammer CST, M.Ed If you think I am talking about Patent Ductus Arteriosus You have signed up for the wrong presentation PDA

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if you think i am talking about
If you think I am talking about
  • PatentDuctusArteriosus
    • You have signed up for the wrong presentation
  • 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.
the old pda
The Old PDA
  • PDA=Fat Little Notebook/sterile tie holders
  • Stylet=Pencil or Pen
  • Computer processor=your brain
  • Word processor=your hand
some drawbacks to notebooks
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
pluses for the notebook
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
pluses to pdas
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
pda drawbacks
PDA drawbacks
  • Still kind of expensive
  • It can take a while to add information
  • Will break if dropped
  • It can crash and loose information
what to look for in a pda
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
what to look for in a pda10
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
what to look for in a pda11
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
what to look for in a pda12
What to look for in a PDA
  • Accessories
  • Programs
    • Cost
    • Platform/os
    • Cost
    • Availability
    • Cost
    • Ease of use
    • COST!!!
how can we utilize this tool
How can we Utilize this tool?
  • Readings and/or lectures can be downloaded
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Word documents
    • Pictures
    • Lectures in MP3 from
    • Videos
how can we utilize this tool14
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
how can we utilize this tool15
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
how can we utilize this tool16
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
study sheets for cases case prep
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
daily evaluations
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
student addresses
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
is your institution wireless
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
things to think about
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
things to think about23
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 ;-)