Seth Godin’s TED talk on "Stop Stealing Dreams"

Seth Godin, a marketing guru, discusses his opinion about “what school is for” in this above video. Although this talk or Seth Godin are not directly related to medical education, this is still related to education and can still be applied to today’s medical education curriculum in many aspects.

Mr. Godin goes on to explain that school was modeled in the industrial age and has changed little ever since. The video covers such concepts as:

  • Standardized exams in the industrial age were used as a tool to sort students. The person who created the standardized exams later on came to believe that the standardized exams were too crude, but due to his new conclusions he was excluded from his field.
  • Teachers in the industrial age believed that school was about teaching obedience and respect.
  • The industrial revolution created products en mass, but also needed people who were educated on consuming these products in order to survive. Therefore, schools were also created to educate people (or make replicas of people) about these products.

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2018-10-28T21:48:27-07:00

New video series for med students: The Patwari Academy

Similar to Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, which is famous for “flipping the classroom”, Dr. Rahul Patwari is a one-man innovating machine at Rush University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He has been creating digital whiteboard “chalktalks” on common EM conditions for the past year, which target the senior medical student. These 2-15 minute videos are way too amazing not share with the EM community of learners. I bet these would be really great supplemental learning material for EM medical students everywhere.

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2019-01-28T22:11:14-08:00

TED video: The happy secret to better work

If you have a few minutes, take a listen to this rather humorous and thought-provoking TED video about the “intersection of human potential, success, and happiness”. The speaker, Shawn Achor, is the CEO of Good Think Inc, a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average, and author of “The Happiness Advantage”.

“If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average.”

2019-01-28T22:19:41-08:00

Video: How to make a screencast video

A reader, Mark, posted a question yesterday in the chat box about screencapture softwares out there. I personally use iShowU to capture such videos as my instructional video on linking your Evernote account (above) to automatically read and download my weekly public Paucis Verbis notebook. Mark also specifically asked about what Dr. Rob Rogers (Univ of Maryland) uses.

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2019-01-28T22:26:47-08:00

Video: Crash course on Prezi

Dr. Rob Rogers has started a great series of videos which highlight resources and tools which medical educators may find useful and innovative. This video takes you on a guided tour through making a Prezi presentation. Although I am still torn about using Prezi as a delivery tool because of the excessive motion-based transitions, I do like such features as:

  • Really professional looking templates
  • The presentations can live online and/or on your desktop
  • Ability to easily embed videos
  • Ability to see your entire presentation on the canvas
  • Allows more flexibility in content delivery
  • It just looks cool.

You can look for more excellent videos on the Academic Emergency Medicine Education Masters site. Hey maybe you can next teach people how to use Google Reader, Evernote, Dropbox!

2019-01-28T22:25:01-08:00