Teach with combination of Bamboo Slate and a Tablet

June 5, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Bhavin Dalal, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Alexandra Halalau, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

In Medical education we have tried several innovative teaching methods by which students’ engagement is better and they remember the facts for longer time. With help of “Bamboo Slate” (TM) we can write on normal paper with specialized pen. All writing can be transferred to digital format with one click. Also there is a live mode in which with help of tablet (android, iOS) all writing can be displayed on screen.

I have used this technique to teach small group of trainees (students and residents). I have taught them ABG and ventilator weaning. In this exercise trainees solve the problem on paper by themselves. One by one all trainees will write and contribute to solve the problem. The attending role is to facilitate the process and discussion. Compared to standard PowerPoint presentation this one is purely driven by trainees. So trainee’s engagement is better. It has been very well studied that learners learn by 4 different methods: Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinetic, also known as VARK. In this method of teaching all four pathways of learning will be activated. So chances of them remembering for long time is much higher. I have successfully implemented this innovative way of teaching. I will be able to share the modules I made as well as the data from students’ survey.