SMACC Workshop

SMACC_Flipped_Classroom_MarqueeOn Tuesday, 8 am in Chicago, Stella Yiu, Rob Cooney, Andrew Petrosoniak, Doug Schiller, Jen Leppard and I will be presenting a Flipped Classroom workshop. The goal is to take you from idea to completed product in the span of four hours (with a much needed coffee break in the middle).

Here’s our worksheet.

SMACC FC Worksheet

Look forward to seeing you in Chicago.


Preview 7 vs Preview 8

Preview Icons

What happened to the that little boy on the Preview Icon?

Preview plays a big part of my workflow for reading and annotating PDF’s stored in Papers 3. I highlight, circle things, and add a lot of text, then all annotations are saved automatically back into the Papers library. Preview and Papers work together more smoothly than PDF Expert and Papers for the iPad. On the iPad, I use PDF Expert to do the same and Preview 7 and PDF Expert worked beautifully together.

The Mavericks version, Preview 7, worked incredibly well for this. With Yosemite, in Preview 8 we’re mourning the loss of more than just that boy. I was able to install both Preview 7 and 8 on my Mac and compare side by side.

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π day & RPN

March 14th, or π-day, this year takes on additional numerical significance. Only once in a hundred years we are able to celebrate π to its billionth decimal place.


3/14/15 9:26:53

I wonder if Galileo Galilei geeked out on 3/14/1592 6:53:59.

In other mathematically geeky news, while doing several calculations on my Mac I was longing for my old HP scientific calculator with reverse polish notation. Looking through the Mac app store at all the emulators, I decided to see if the built-in calculator app had this feature. And guess what it does.


In the View menu, you can select “RPN mode” and now you get a calculator with a stack visible 2 deep. I don’t know if this was possible in previous versions of OS X, but I love the geeks at Apple that made this happen.

Happy π-day. Now we wait for May the Fourth.


Instructional Scaffolding in the Pre-Brief

  • students walked into the sim lab like wide-eyed deer in the headlights
    • their performance pretty much mirrored that analogy
    • did they learn anything just by being scared?
  • pre-briefs are defined as short sessions before the simulation
    • set expectations and roles (take this thing seriously)
    • familiarize students with equipment and debrief procedures
    • but teaching doesn’t usually happen here (or in the debrief for that matter)
  • simulation is often incorporated into the flipped classroom
    • watch a video (or read something) at home and then come to class to do simulation
  • we inserted a pre-brief using instructional scaffolding between the home module and the simulation session
    • students watch videos at home & complete a 1-page fill-in-the-blank worksheet
    • before simulation they learn their roles, expectations but also go through some mini-cases using that worksheet
    • then evaluated their performance on a checklist
    • their performance significantly improved on the checklist and their impressions of the sessions were better

Pulseless Arrest With Blanks


  • checklist
    • immediately (<10 seconds) started CPR upon determining patient is pulseless
    • initiated defibrillation upon observing a shockable rhythm
    • switched compressors every 2 minutes with brief (<10 seconds) pause in compressions
    • gave proper doses of vasopressors and anti-arrhythmic at the appropriate time
  • reflection
    • I feel confident in performing a resuscitation of a patient in pulseless arrest (strongly disagree…)
  • quiz
    • fill in the worksheet without a crutch
    • given scenarios, pick the next step